- Program Length
The OPOTA Basic Academy is 740 hours, 17 weeks
*Additional hours will be added during the course
Monday through Friday
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Reporting time to class will vary, with a required report time of 15 minutes prior to class.)
Day academy requires some weekend training.
- Program Dates
Start Date: April 12, 2021
End Date: January 2022
Start Date: July 2021
End Date: November 2021
- Program Campus Location
Scarlet Oaks Career Campus
Public Safety Services
200 Scarlet Oaks Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
(Formerly 3254 East Kemper Road)
- Tuition Information
Direct Cost: The cost of the program
Please note: Books, tools, and supplies are a requirement of each program and are a mandatory cost of the program.
- Other Costs
Indirect Costs: These are not costs to attend Great Oaks, but an estimate of living expenses you may have while attending school. They are shown for federal financial aid purposes, and include child care, housing, transportations, etc.
Dependent Student: $3,077
Independent Student: $5,215
- Available Certifications
Successful completion of this course and passing the Ohio Peace Officer Certification Exam is the first step to Ohio certification by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
Gain Skills in all Aspects of Law Enforcement
Serve and protect. Are you the kind of person that wants to make sure your community is safe? Through the Great Oaks Police Academy, you’ll become eligible to earn the Ohio Peace Officer Certificate, which is the gateway to inclusion in a class of individuals who are sought by many police recruiters.
Gain over 700 hours of police training under the direction of a State Certified Police Academy Commander.
What you will learn: 700+ hours of police training under the direction of a state-certified police academy commander, administration, first aid, AED certification, human relations, civil disorders, patrol, physical conditioning, driving, emergency vehicle operation, subject control, firearms, traffic investigation, criminal investigations, impact weapons, bombs and explosives, Ohio Revised Criminal Code, Critical Incident MAnagement.
For job outlook and wages for Police Academy visit www.onetonline.org.
Prospective students must complete a physical conditioning assessment of sit‑ups, push-ups, and 1.5 mile run, then complete paperwork if they successfully meet the preliminary physical fitness standards. Click here for preliminary physical fitness standards.
To register for the physical conditioning assessment, contact Commander Al Gille at 513.612.3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The assessment is held at Great Oaks Public Safety Services, 200 Scarlet Oaks Drive (at 3254 E. Kemper Road.)
Interested in enrolling in the next Academy? Act right away!
Register here for more information about the Police Academy.
- Watch an enrollment process video here
- Review the 5 Steps of Enrollment
- Pass a physical conditioning assessment for sit‑ups, push-ups, and 1.5 mile run.
- Attend an information session
- Fill out an application
- Start the financial aid process
- Meet the required benchmarks for the WorkKeys® Test
- Have a physical done by a physician
- Pass a drug screen
- Complete a BCI/FBI background check
- Finish financial aid and sign all required papers
All students must be 21 years old by the completion of the program and have a high school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency). HSE hotline: 513.612.5806
Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education