Police Academy

Program Length

The OPOTA Basic Academy is 740 hours, 17 weeks

*Additional hours will be added during the course


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: January 4, 2021
End Date: May 21, 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

Tuition: $7,500
Books/Tools/Supplies: $710
Total*: $8,210

Please note:  Books, tools, and supplies are a requirement of each program and are a mandatory cost of the program.

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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.

Day Academy:
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.

Accredited by OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy) and COE (the Council on Occupational Education.)

Contact Information

Public Safety Services

Marty Lopinto, Career Planning Specialist
lopintom@greatoaks.com or 513.612.5790

Commander Al Gille, Instructor
gillea@greatoaks.com or 513.612.3670

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Now enrolling for January 2021!

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.

Great Oaks Police Academy

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Gain over 700 hours of police training under the direction of a State Certified Police Academy Commander.

Learn about one of the many career options in this field!

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.

Physical Conditioning Assessment Dates:
November 11 at noon
November 14 at 9:00 am
December 5 at 9:00 am

To register for the physical conditioning assessment, contact Commander Al Gille at 513.612.3607 or gillea@greatoaks.com.    The assessment is held at Great Oaks Public Safety Services, 200 Scarlet Oaks Drive (at 3254 E. Kemper Road.)

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Enrollment Requirements:

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

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