Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy

Top Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy in Northeast Ohio & Cleveland Area

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(600 Hours) Financial Aid Eligible Program (For those who qualify)

This program will adhere to all State and Ohio OPOTA/C standards.

The Polaris Career Center Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy prepares candidates for police and natural resource law enforcement officer positions and other careers that require peace officer training. This 600-hour course is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The instruction will be provided by those who have experience and expertise in the field of law enforcement, natural resources, and parks and recreation.

The Academy Training includes:

  • Academy uniforms (except pants and shoes)
  • Administration
  • Legal
  • Human resources
  • Firearms
  • Driving
  • Subject control
  • First aid
  • Patrol
  • Civil disorders
  • Investigation
  • Physical conditioning
  • Aerosol defense spray
  • Expandable baton
  • Employability skills

As an all-inclusive Academy, the following are provided for use during the program:

  • Academy uniforms
  • Use of duty belt with accessories (holster, magazine pouch, handcuff case, etc.)
  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Expandable baton
  • Chemical repellent spray (OC/Pepper Spray)
  • Taser

Applicants must be 21 years old by the completion of the program, have a valid driver’s license, valid automobile insurance, and must complete and pass a background check, pass the physical assessment test and physical examination. All state and federal guidelines dictating the carrying of a firearm and minimum physical fitness standards set by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission will be followed.

Commissioned and open enrollment applicants will be accepted.

Natural Resources/Ranger/ Basic Peace Officer Academy (OPOTA) Requirements and Prerequisites to Register: 

Pre-registrations will be taken for this program.  Students may register once all prerequisite requirements listed below are met.

  • Be 21 years of age by the completion of the program, have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
  • Complete a background check with satisfactory results (No felonies or serious misdemeanors). (Information given once student completes pre-registration.)
  • Complete a physical exam with an MD, DO, PA, or CNP using state required form (provided). (Information given once student completes pre-registration.)
  • Pass the physical fitness assessment test (Information given once student completes pre-registration.)

Once a student has satisfactorily completed all prerequisites, the student may register in-person and follow the registration requirements as described above. Students must attend the mandatory meeting scheduled for August 13, 2015 at  Polaris Career Center in room 203.


Fall 2015
Monday – Thursday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
September 14, 2015 – April, 2016 (exact completion to be determined by enrollment and weather; some Fridays & Sundays may be required)

Tuition Fee: $5,995 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $785)
Tuition includes uniforms (except pants and shoes), supplies listed above, and state examination fee.

Qualifies for CT2 Career Technical College Credit
College credit can be received via the Ohio Board of Regents Career Technical Transfer Guarantee System (CT2). Detailed information is available at

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Please call our Transitions Coordinator at (440) 891-7697 for more information.

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Adult Ranger Academy 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Det. Steven Bartczak, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
Sgt. Phil Forrest, Southwest General Health Center
Chief Joe Grecol, Berea Police Department
Mr. Gregory Loftus, Westfield Group
Mr. Jared Magyar, Port of Cleveland
Mr. Jeffrey Mason, Strongsville Police Department
Mr. Trevor Poole, Cleveland Metroparks System
Lt. Matthew Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police Department
Chief Daniel Veloski, Cleveland Metroparks System