The importance of public safety forces – from police officers to fireman to corrections officers – for our society cannot be overstated. We need highly trained and qualified professionals in these fields in order to maintain safety and order for our residents. Trainees may work for city, county, or federal law enforcement agencies, public fire stations, jails and prisons, private security firms, courts and more.
Depending on the path you take, professional training in these fields may involve knowledge of criminal law, government and court systems, fire behavior and hydraulics, and mental health. You may also learn investigative techniques, firearm operation, motor vehicle operation, first aid and CPR, self-defense, and physical fitness.
LCCC is home to a Police Training Academy that will qualify you to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test for the position of Police Officer. The LCCC Police Academy course of training consists of approximately 640 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 576 curriculum hours. Candidates who successfully complete the Police Training Academy will receive 23 hours of college credit, which can be applied toward certificate or Associate Degree programs in the Public Safety program.
The program offers a short-term certificate that can be earned in one semester, a one-year certificate, and Associate Degrees. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.
Public Safety Programs at LCCC
Short-Term Technical Certificates:
Transferring from LCCC
Our Public Safety Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:
Transfer to another college or university
LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Getting started while you’re still in high school
You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.
The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students.
The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!