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:
Our Public Safety Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs: