Basic Police Academy 2024 Application

Lakeland's Basic Police Academy is administered by the College in conjunction with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council (OPOTC). The Basic Police Academy is required training to become a police officer in the State of Ohio. The curriculum includes all topics required by the OPOTC, and others as determined by the Academy Commander. Attendance at all classes is mandatory. To maintain a safe and quality learning environment, the size of a police academy class will not exceed 30 students/cadets.

Please contact us with any questions.

How to become a Police Officer in Ohio

To become a police officer in Ohio, applicants must complete a Peace Officer Basic Training Academy that is approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).

Lakeland provides an open enrollment police academy, meaning that if you meet the qualifications listed below, you are eligible to enroll in our police academy.

Find more information from the Ohio Attorney General here.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be 20 years of age by the start of the Academy.
  • Must be a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver's license.
  • Must pass Lakeland's Psychological exam prior to acceptance into the Academy.
  • Must pass the OPOTC Physical Fitness Assessment evaluation prior to acceptance into the Academy.
  • Must pass a drug screen test prior to acceptance into the police academy.
  • Must not have any felony convictions or serious misdemeanors.
  • A sealed or expunged felony convictions as an adult and/or juvenile may exclude applicant from entering the police academy.
  • Must not have a conviction of any domestic violence offense as defined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2919.25.
  • Must not have more than one OVI conviction within the past three years. OVI convictions greatly reduce your potential to be hired by a police department.
  • Must not have any misdemeanor convictions within the past two years of the start of the application process (minor misdemeanors excluded*).
  • Must not have any convictions for a sex offense as defined in Ohio Revised Code 2907.
  • Must not have any convictions for any offense of violence as defined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2901.01(A)(9).

More information on requirements and minor misdemeanor exclusion.


What are the physical requirements for Basic Police Academy?

To be eligible for admittance to Lakeland's Basic Police Academy, a student must attain the minimum score for all three skills as set on the Entrance Physical Assessment Form. Failure to meet all three skills disqualifies entry to the academy. There are no exceptions.

To be eligible to graduate from Lakeland's Basic Police Academy, a student must attain at least the minimum for all three skills as set on the Final Physical Assessment Form near the end of the Academy. Failure to meet the minimum in all three skills will result in dismissal from the academy. A chart has been given below for your reference. There will be no exceptions.

Final physical fitness standards

What is the cost of Lakeland's Basic Police Academy?

The cost is $4,525 for Lakeland graduates, $5,025 for in-county students and $5,440 for out-of-county students. There is also a non-refundable application fee of $250 due when you submit your application.

Will I get college credits?

Cadets who have completed Lakeland's Basic Police Academy who have completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy final exam and Lakeland's paperwork are eligible for eighteen (18) college credit applicable to an associate of arts degree in criminal justice.

Is financial aid available for Basic Police Academy training?

Many students ask what types of funds are available for Lakeland's Basic Police Academy. The Basic Police Academy is not a federal financial aid eligible program; therefore, federal funds (Pell Grant and/or federal student loans) cannot be used to pay tuition. There are limited scholarship funds that Lakeland's Basic Police Academy students are encouraged to apply for as well as the Charles E. Schell loan program. Applications for scholarships and the Schell loan program are in the enrollment packet. For more information, contact Lakeland's Financial Aid department.

Do I need my own firearm?

If you are an open enrollment cadet, a firearm will be provided.

Am I required to be fingerprinted?

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Council requires applicants to have a National WebCheck performed. The SF 102unv form is included in your application packet.

Am I required to pass a psychological examination?

A mandatory psychological examination will take place at Lakeland Community College

How often is the police academy run?

Once per year.

When is the police academy in session?

Full-time: Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Some evenings and weekends

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please contact Lakeland's Basic Police Academy

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Lake Health Sports Medicine

Need help with the physical needs and skills required to successfully complete the Basic Police Academy?  The Tactical Athlete program through Lake Health's Sports Performance department can help. Contact the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program offered by Lake Health for a consultation at 440.352.1200 and choose option #2.


Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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