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.

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

LCCC Police Academy

Short-Term Technical Certificates:

Digital Forensics for Law Enforcement

Emergency Medical Services (EMT)

One-Year Certificates:

Police Science

EMS – Paramedic

Associate Degrees:

Fire Science

Justice Systems in Corrections

Justice Systems in Police Science

Lorain County Chiefs Law Enforcement Association, Lorain County Commissioners, and Lorain County Community College have partnered to bring continuing education opportunities to law enforcement officers and first responders. The Public Safety Institute for Advanced Professional Development brings career development, personal growth opportunities and the latest skills and information – developed and delivered by a variety of expert instructors.