Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy

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

Questions? Call us NOW at (440) 891-7600!

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

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:

  • 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
  • Duty/gun 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 and must complete a background check and a 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) registration procedures:

1)    Register with first payment by Thursday, July 30, 2015.
2)    Attend mandatory orientation meeting TBD at 6:00 PM.
3)    Successfully complete an initial physical fitness assessment (date to be determined). Any student not passing the initial physical fitness assessment may be removed from the program roster and tuition monies will be refunded in full.



Fall 2015
Monday – Thursday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
September 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, supplies listed above, and state examination fee.
Students can expect the following additional costs: physical exam and background check.

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

Registration begins at the Job & Career Training Program Open House Night on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

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

Program Resources

Course of Study


Sample Assignments

Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

Click here to view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Chief Michael Barrett, Wellington Police Department
Mr. Michael E. Boyko, Cuyahoga Community College
Mr. Frank Fatsie, The Sherwin Williams Company
Mr. Ryan Fioritto, Tenable Protective Services
Chief David Frank, Holden Arboretum
Chief Terry Grice, Montville Police Department
Mr. Tristan Harker, Southwest General Health Center
Captain John Reese, North Ridgeville Fire Department
Mr. Tom Scott, Lubrizol Corporation
Lt. Paul Shepard, Fairview Park Police Department
Lt. Matthew Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police