Division of Social Sciences and Human Services
People depend on police officers and detectives to protect their lives and property. Law enforcement officers, some of whom are state or federal special agents or inspectors, perform these duties in a variety of ways, depending on the size and type of their organization. In most jurisdictions, they are expected to exercise authority when necessary, whether on or off duty. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 65 percent of state and local law enforcement officers are uniformed personnel.
Uniformed police officers who work in municipal police departments of small communities and rural areas have general law enforcement duties, including maintaining regular patrols and responding to calls for service.
They may direct traffic at the scene of a fire, investigate a burglary,or give first aid to an accident victim. In large police departments, officers usually are assigned to a specific type of duty. Many urban police agencies are becoming more involved in community policing– a practice in which an officer builds relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilizes the public to help fight crime.
Police agencies are usually organized into geographic districts, with uniformed officers assigned to patrol a specific area, such as part of the business district or outlying residential neighborhoods. Officers may work alone, but in large agencies, they often patrol with a partner. While on patrol, officers attempt to become thoroughly familiar with their patrol area and remain alert for anything unusual. Suspicious circumstances in addition, hazards to public safety are investigated or noted, and officers are dispatched to individual calls for assistance within their district. During their shift, they may identify, pursue, and arrest suspected criminals, resolve problems within the community, and enforce traffic laws.
The Lorain County Community College Police Training 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. This course of training consists of approximately
640 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 550 curriculum hours. Classes will generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 Academy will receive 23 hours of credits. Financial aid may be available for those who are eligible.
The tuition for the Police Training Academy 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.
The first step in the selection process is determining eligibility for Police Academy training. The following guidelines are required to meet the basic qualifications as dictated by the OPOTC and the LCCC Police Training Academy:
Citizen of the United StatesMust be 21 years of age or reach that age by the end of the Academy.
High School graduate or equivalent (GED).
Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License.
No person convicted of a felony.
This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged.
The second phase in the application process is to complete the open enrollment packet, which can be received by completing the online request form at www.lorainccc.edu/police or by calling (440) 366-4021. Forms must be completed and should be typed or printed. Incomplete or illegible enrollment forms will not be processed.
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 and the LCCC PTA. 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.
For questions regarding the LCCC Police Academy, please visit www.lorainccc.edu/police. Or, call (440) 366-4021 or visit the office located in the Physical and Social Sciences Building, Room 106.
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