Justice Systems – Police Science Basic Police Academy, One-Year Technical Certificate


The course of instruction offered at the Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Police Academy will qualify the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test for the position of Police Officer. The Police Academy does not follow the traditional academic calendar.

We are now accepting application requests for the Spring 2022 Police Academy.  Application packets can be picked up in iLoft Building, Room 111.  We are open M-F, 8:30am-5pm.  Please call (440) 366-7124 if you cannot pick up a packet during that time.

Spring Academy Application Due Date:  Friday,  February 4, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Spring Academy Orientation Night:  Monday,  February 14, 2022 at 5:45pm 

Spring Academy Physical Testing: Friday, February 18, 2022 at 7:45 a.m.

Spring Academy: May 2, 2022 to October 6, 2022

These dates are tentative and subject to change.

Please click the Online Request Form link below if you are interested in receiving an application for the next Police Academy. 

Online Request Form


The LCCC Police Academy course of training consists of approximately 845 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 740 curriculum hours.  Classes will generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.  However, the Police Academy reserves the right to schedule limited evening and Saturday sessions based on needs. 

Candidates who successfully complete the Police Academy will receive 36 hours of college credit. Financial aid may be available for those who are eligible.

The in-county tuition for the Police Academy is approximately $5,000. Out-of-county tuition is approximately $5,700. The tuition includes all required ammunition, copies of the Ohio Revised Criminal and Traffic Code as well as other classroom related supplies.  In addition, a partial uniform consisting of Police Academy shirts, hats and physical conditioning uniform will be provided. Students must provide their own handgun, duty gear (holsters, handcuffs etc.), ear and eye protection, as well as uniform pants and black law enforcement style shoes or boots.

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


Eligibility Requirements

The first step in the application process is determining your eligibility for the LCCC Police Academy. The following guidelines will assist you in determining whether you meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the OPOTC and 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. Be enrolled as a student at LCCC and be in good financial and academic standing.
  5. Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License and currently have full driving privileges in the State of Ohio.
  6. Pass a drug screening test within 90 days of the start of the Academy.
  7. Meet physical fitness standards established by the OPOTC.
  8. Meet additional requirements listed in appendix of OPOTC restrictions.


Enrollment Process

If you feel that you meet the eligibility requirements, the second step in the application process is to request an enrollment packet, which you can receive 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 Academy curriculum is physical fitness and Subject Control (Defensive Tactics).  Cadets are required to pass Minimum Fitness 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 Academy physical conditioning curriculum exceeds those hours mandated by the OPOTC. 


Contact Information

For questions regarding the LCCC Police Academy, please contact Ann Faulhaber at (440) 366-7124 or the Division office at (440) 366-4021. You may also visit the office in the iLoft building, room 111 on the Elyria campus.          

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