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CSCC Police Academy

Columbus State Community College’s Criminal Justice program annually conducts a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy (police academy), fully certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC). This certification is required of any and all persons seeking to become a police officer in the State of Ohio.

Our academy is embedded within a two-year associate’s degree program (Criminal Justice Academy Track) where attendees attend college classes for the first year (3 semesters) of the program and then participate in academy training classes the second year over a two-semester period, culminating in the State Certification Exam conducted by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.  Throughout the academy, participants are additionally tested on a variety of technical training skills to include Physical Fitness, Self-Defense, Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operation and First Aid/CPR.  Individuals must pass each individual technical skill testing measure to be permitted to sit for the final OPOTC Certification Exam. 

Completion rate, graduation rate and job placement rate for the Academy Track program annually exceeds 80%.

Note: at this time we do not currently operate a “stand-alone” police academy for individuals who are only interested in obtaining the certification training without attending and completing the two-year degree work. We additionally do not foresee any available spots being made available for individuals with prior degree work in CJ or Law Enforcement until 2016 or later. 

 

Program Parameters

  • Approximately 700 hours of training (combination of seated & technical skill)
    • Runs mid-August through mid-May (Autumn & Spring semesters)
    • Classroom training sessions are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Technical Skill training sessions are held in the afternoons (variable times) and on some weekend dates
    • Costs include tuition (based on credit hour fee schedule), uniform purchase & training equipment purchase
    • Uniform & training equipment costs (not eligible for financial aid) are approx. $600.00

Eligibility Requirements

  • Declared “Academy Track” major (CRJ.ACAD.AAS) and completion of first three semesters of the plan of study (or relatively close)
  • Hold a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • No felony convictions (includes juvenile convictions)
  • No criminal convictions of domestic violence
  • No misdemeanor convictions of violence (includes juvenile convictions)
  • At least 20 years of age (or relatively close) by 2nd year of the program
  • Pass an entry Physical Fitness Test at the Cooper Institute's 15th percentile rank
  • Completion of CSCC academy registration process (will occur in June)
  • Completion of OPOTC academy registration process (will occur in June)
  • Individuals that denote interest will be subject to a background check/investigation

Columbus State’s Criminal Justice Program reserves the right to deny any person entry into the police academy based on pre-determined factors such as academic performance or prior student conduct concerns. 

Timeline

January – December: It is strongly recommended that interested persons meeting the above parameters should contact and meet with (or at least correspond with) one of the program academy commanders prior to the registration process to ensure that they are eligible and fully knowledgeable with academy parameters and training expectations.  Persons interested in attending, regardless of whether they are currently declared CRJ.ACAD.AAS majors, should ensure that they provide their contact information to one of the program faculty members/academy staff.

April – May: Informational sessions which will be held in Spring Semester of each year with the purpose of providing a detailed overview of CSCC police academy operations and requirements.  These meetings will be announced and posted in the CRJ Office area (academy bulletin board in Franklin Hall 206).  Persons who have provided their contact information to academy staff will be sent an invite via email of the specific dates/times these sessions will be held.

June: Participants will be required to attend a mandatory academy registration meeting with academy staff to formally register for the academy with both the college and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. 

July: Uniform and training equipment purchase

August – May: Academy operations commence in late August and are completed in early May of each academic year. 

 

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OPOTC Physical Fitness Requirements

CSCC requires individuals to meet minimum physical fitness standards for entry into the academy certification classes (early August) per the following standards (Cooper Institute 15th percentile):

INITIAL ASSESSMENT – 15TH   PERCENTILE COOPER STANDARDS

 

Males: 20 – 29 years of age

Females: 20 – 29 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

32 sit ups

23 sit ups

Push-Ups (1   min.)

19 push ups

9 push ups

1.5 mile run

14:33

17:53

 

 

Males: 30 – 39 years of age

Females: 30 – 39 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

28 sit ups

18 sit ups

Push-Ups (1   min.)

15 sit ups

6.5 sit ups

1.5 mile run

15:14

19:01

 

 

Males: 40 – 49 years of age

Females: 40 – 49 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

22

13

Push-Ups (1   min.)

10

5

1.5 mile run

16:09

20:49

 

 

Males: 50 – 59 years of age

Females: 50 – 59 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

17

7

Push-Ups (1   min.)

7

n/a

1.5 mile run

18:22

22:53

 

Proficiency in physical fitness is verified by a test administered and given by OPOTC representatives in the final portion of the academy training calendar.  Cadets will be required to meet these standards by the designated testing date or will be precluded from finishing the academy program per OPOTC standards.

FINAL ASSESSMENT – 50TH   PERCENTILE COOPER STANDARDS

 

Males: 20 – 29 years of age

Females: 20 – 29 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

40 sit ups

35 sit ups

Push-Ups (1   min.)

33 push ups

18 push ups

1.5 mile run

11:58

14:15

 

 

Males: 30 – 39 years of age

Females: 30 – 39 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

36 sit ups

27 sit ups

Push-Ups (1   min.)

27 sit ups

14 sit ups

1.5 mile run

12:25

15:14

 

 

Males: 40 – 49 years of age

Females: 40 – 49 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

31

22

Push-Ups (1   min.)

21

11

1.5 mile run

13:05

16:13

 

 

Males: 50 – 59 years of age

Females: 50 – 59 years of age

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

26

17

Push-Ups (1   min.)

15

13* modified

1.5 mile run

14:33

18:05

 

For more detailed information about the Academy Track major, contact one of the program faculty. 

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