The Southern Ohio Police Academy (SOPA) is a certified Academy under the Ohio Attorney General. In order to take the state exam, a student must pass the following areas of the Curriculum:
And other academic components
A student cannot miss more than 15 hours of the entire class or any mandatory components. Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification can be obtained after successful course completion and passing of the state exam.
The Southern Ohio Police Academy Program is a certified program through the Ohio Attorney General and The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
As a police officer, you will maintain law and order, collect evidence and conduct criminal investigations. You might be patrolling a neighborhood to keep residents safe, responding to a call for help, or participating in a SWAT team raid. When the going gets tough, we are all glad to have the best and brightest in our police force.
If you have ever thought of becoming a police officer, you should know what some of your job options are:
Defensive Driving Certification
ASAP Baton Certification
O.C. (Pepper Mace) Certification
Prerequisites - At minimum, you need to be a US citizen, 18 years old, not be a convicted felon, have earned a high school diploma or a GED, and pass several competitive written and physical examinations. If you're thinking of working at the state or federal level, you should know that federal law enforcement agencies require a college degree.
REGISTRATION: Any person 18 years of age or older may attend adult education classes at the Scioto County Career Technical Center. *Any student still attending high school must have signed authorization from home school principal before registering for adult programs.
ACCREDITATION AND APPROVAL:
The Scioto County Career Technical Center District is accredited or approved with the following agencies:
The Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Division of Vocational Education
The State Approving Agency for Veterans Training
The Ohio Board of Vocational Rehabilitation
The North Central Association of Colleges and
The University System of Ohio
College credit articulation under development with:
Shawnee State University
Southern State Community College*
Ohio University – Southern Branch
*At Southern State Community College, 12 plus hours college credit will go toward an Associate Degree for Criminal Justice or Corrections from Scioto County Career Technical Center.
CLASS SCHEDULE Monday through Friday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.(some weekend classes required)
Current Cost: $3760 (not including tools, textbooks, and other associated costs)
Gainful Employment Information*
Southern Ohio Police Academy
US Dept of Labor SOC:
Tuition & Fees:
Books & Supplies:
On-Time Graduation Rate:
Job Placement Rate:
Median Load Debt:
*For more information about Gainful Employment, see financial aid webpage. 20011-2012 statistics.