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The Program – Law Enforcement Associate of Technical Studies Degree

The Law Enforcement Associate of Technical Studies degree includes courses that are required to become employed as a peace officer in Ohio. An individual must successfully complete the state-mandated training and pass the certification examination sponsored by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).

Marion Technical College offers the state-mandated curriculum to become a certified peace officer in Ohio. The courses are offered Monday through Friday evenings and occasionally on the weekend. Upon successful completion of all academy requirements, students will be eligible to take the OPOTC exam.

Students who want to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree may apply a portion of the peace officer basic training credits toward the degree.

Your Degree

Two-year full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core criminology/forensic science courses and studies in communications, information technology, and broad-based general education classes; includes field experience internship(s); the program can be completed on a part-time basis.

What you’ll learn

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic law enforcement skills, criminal justice techniques, and problem-solving methodologies.
  • Describe and apply current laws (federal, state, & municipal) to various situations involving crimes and/or civil offenses.
  • Apply learned information, concepts, and theories to successfully investigate crime/accident scenes, conduct interviews, and interrogations, provide reports and courtroom testimony as needed, and interface with appropriate law enforcement professionals and/or agencies.
  • Demonstrate the safe and effective use of firearms, unarmed self-defense methods, and first aid.

In order to become employed as a peace officer in Ohio, an individual must successfully complete the state-mandated training and pass the certification examination sponsored by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA); students complete specialized training to work as an Ohio Peace Officer.

Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Program Physical Fitness Standards (Age and Gender Minimum Scores)

Males (<-29)

Females (<-29)

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

40

35

Push-Ups (1 min.)

33

18

1.5 Mile Run

11:58

14:07

Males (30-39)

Females (30-39)

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

36

27

Push-Ups (1 min.)

27

14

1.5 Mile Run

12:25

14:34

Males (40-49)

Females (40-49)

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

31

21

Push-Ups (1 min.)

2×2

11

1.5 Mile Run

13:11

15:24

Males 50-59)

Females (50-59)

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

26

15

Push-Ups (1 min.)

17

13

1.5 Mile Run

14:16

17:13

Males (60+)

Females (60+)

Sit-Ups (1 min.)

20

15

Push-Ups (1 min.)

8

8

1.5 Mile Run

15:56

18:52

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Court Officer
  • Juvenile Center Manager
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • State Highway Patrol Trooper
  • Fingerprint Technician
  • Jailer
  • Dispatcher
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Private Security Officer
  • Corrections Officer

Application Process

  1. MTC Application for Admission and the nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Final high school transcript (or GED results) and college transcripts (if applicable).
  3. Successful completion of the Basic Skills Assessment (ACCUPLACER) and Technology Skills Test (TST) is required. Any college foundation courses recommended by placement results are also required.
  4. In addition to general college admission, the peace officer basic training academy requires individuals to meet specialized admission criteria such as a physical examination and background investigation.

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu
740.389.4636

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