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OPOTA Basic Police Overview

The Criminal Justice program is a unique, highly challenging, diverse, reputable, technical and theoretical educational program which trains and develops individuals who desire professions in the criminal justice fields, and provides enhanced developmental training for in-service professionals which establishes a culture of lifelong learning. Our mission is to graduate students that will be proficient in the necessary skills required to be effective in the fields of law enforcement or corrections. The graduate will have a thorough knowledge of the laws of the State of Ohio and how to enforce those laws, the utilization of a wide variety of equipment, the understanding of how to interact appropriately with a diverse community, and to master a wide variety of skills and communication methods required to operate effectively in these fields.

Summer Full-Time Police Academy 

The Rhodes State Police Academy is accepting applications for its Summer full-time Academy. Academy classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, April 26, 2021, and will run from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday with some Saturday and Sunday sessions ending in mid-August. Students interested in joining the Academy must first pass a physical fitness test. Please click the "Request Information" button above or email Chad Teman at to schedule a time with a Success Navigator or to start the admissions process.

OPOTA Basic Police Highlights

  • Students will learn about all aspects of the Criminal Justice System and how it functions
  • Topics covered will be:
    • Administration
    • Legal
    • Human Relations
    • Firearms
    • Driving
    • Subject Control Techniques
    • First Aid/ CPR/ AED
    • Patrol
    • Civil Disorders
    • Traffic
    • Investigation
    • Physical Conditioning
    • Homeland Security

Career Opportunities

Deputy Sheriffs, Police Officers, Park Rangers, Parole and Probation Officers, Court Bailiffs, Game Wardens or Conservation Officers

Professional Licensure Information

Upon completion of all required skills and testing, candidates will receive Ohio Peace Officers Certification.

OPOTA Basic Police Plan of Study

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