LCCC Police Academy

The course of instruction offered at the Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Police Training Academy will qualify the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test for the position of Police Officer. 

The Fall 2016 Police Academy class is full.

Requests for the Spring 2017 class are being accepted.   Online Request Form

The LCCC Police Academy course of training consists of approximately 740 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 681 curriculum hours.  Classes will generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  However, the LCCC Police Training Academy reserves the right to schedule limited evening and Saturday sessions for specialized training. 

Candidates who successfully complete the Police Training Academy will receive 24 hours of college credit. Financial aid may be available for those who are eligible.

The in-county tuition for the Police Training Academy is approximately $4,800. Out-of-county tuition is approximately $5,200. Your tuition may be reduced if you have transferrable college credit in the required coursework. The tuition includes all required firearms ammunition, copies of the Ohio Revised Criminal and Traffic Code as well as other classroom related supplies.  In addition, a partial uniform consisting of LCCCPTA shirts, hats and physical conditioning shorts will be provided. Students must provide their own handguns, duty gear (holsters, handcuffs etc.), ear and eye protection, as well as uniform pants and black law enforcement style shoes or boots.

Specific information relative to awarded college credits and tuition will be provided to those candidates selected for admission to the Police Academy.  

  • Some alternative financing options are available for those who qualify.

Eligibility Requirements

The first step in the selection process is determining your eligibility for Police Academy training. The following guidelines will assist you in determining whether you meet the basic open enrollment qualifications as dictated by the OPOTC and the LCCC Police Training Academy:

  1. Citizen of the United States.
  2. Age: 21 years of age or reach that age by the completion of the academy.
  3. High School graduate or equivalent (GED)
  4. Possess a valid Ohio Driver's License.
  5. No person convicted of a felony. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged. 
  6. Able to pass a drug screening test within 90 days of the start of the Academy.
  7. Able to pass a physical fitness test established by the OPOTC.

Enrollment Process

If you feel that you meet the eligibility criteria, the second phase in the application process is to request the Enrollment Packet, by completing the Online Request Form. Enrollment Packets will be mailed out before the start of the next class. Enrollment Packet forms must be filled out completely and should be typed or printed.  Incomplete or illegible enrollment forms will not be processed.

Completed Enrollment Packet forms should be returned as soon as possible, as class size is limited.

Physical Standards

An integral part of the OPOTC Police Training Academy curriculum is physical fitness and Subject Control (Defensive Tactics). Police Trainees are required to pass minimum standards as determined by the OPOTC.  These include timed pushups and sit-ups, a 1.5 mile run as well as other agility related standards.  

  • Those trainees who fail to meet the standards by the end of the Academy training session will not be permitted to sit for the OPOTC certification exam.

It should be noted that the LCCC Police Training Academy physical conditioning curriculum exceeds those hours mandated by the OPOTC. 

Contact Information

For questions regarding the LCCC Police Academy, please contact the Division office located in Room IL 111 in the iLoft building on the LCCC campus or call 440-366-4021.          

Lorain County Community College 
Police Training Academy
Department of Social and Human Sciences 
1005 Abbe Road North
Elyria, OH   44035