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. The Police Academy does not follow the traditional academic calendar.

The Spring 2019 Police Academy class is full.

We are accepting submissions for July 2019.


Online Request Form


The LCCC Police Academy course of training consists of approximately 740 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 695 curriculum hours.  Classes will generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 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 Training 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 Training Academy is approximately $5,000. Out-of-county tuition is approximately $5,700. The tuition 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 LCCC Police Training Academy 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.

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

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Eligibility Requirements

The first step in the application process is determining your eligibility for the LCCC Police Training Academy. The following guidelines will assist you in determining whether you meet the eligibility requirements as dictated by the OPOTC and the LCCC Police Training 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 Training Academy curriculum is physical fitness and Subject Control (Defensive Tactics).  Police Trainees 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 Training Academy physical conditioning curriculum exceeds those hours mandated by the OPOTC. 

Contact Information

For questions regarding the LCCC Police Training Academy, please contact Heather Smith 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 Training Academy
Department of Social Sciences and Human Services
1005 Abbe Road North
Elyria, OH  44035