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. The winter/spring session is now in session and will conclude around June 16, 2023.  The summer/fall session is planned to begin on July 10, 2023 and conclude on December 20, 2023.  Applications for the summer/fall session are available now, and close on April 28, 2023.

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A STAR Police Training Academy

Lorain County Community College Police Academy is now a STAR Academy Training Center, the top designation for Ohio police academies. 

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Training & Tuition

The LCCC Police Academy training consists of approximately 912 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 and are eligible to receive a one-year technical certificate. Financial aid, grants and scholarships may be available for those who qualify.

The in-county tuition for the Police Academy is approximately $5,600. Out-of-county tuition is approximately $6,200. The tuition includes all required ammunition, copies of the Ohio Revised Criminal and Traffic Code, and 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, uniform pants and black law enforcement-style shoes or boots. 


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 the appendix of OPOTC restrictions.


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, and 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.  


Application & Enrollment Process

If you feel that you meet the eligibility requirements, the second step in the process is to request an application packet, which you can receive by completing the Online Request Form.    All forms must be filled out completely and should be typed or printed. Incomplete or illegible application forms will not be processed.  Prospective cadets must also attend an orientation, pass the physical fitness test, and interview with the Commander before entry.  Class size is limited.


Veterans Information

LCCC is a military-friendly college. You may be able to use your GI Bill educational benefits to pay for LCCC’s Police Academy.  Talk with a Veterans Certifying Official today if you have questions about eligibility and getting started at


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, IL 111
Elyria, OH  44035