Natural Resources/Ranger/Basic Peace Officer Academy

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(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.

College Credit
College credit can be received via the Ohio Board of Regents career technical transfer guarantee system (CT2).  Detailed information is available at

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

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

  • Gun belt
  • Holster
  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Ammunition
  • Handcuffs
  • Duty bag
  • Gym uniforms
  • Polo shirt
  • Textbook/Materials
  • Expandable baton
  • Aerosol defense spray
  • Winter jacket
  • Winter hat

Applicants must be 21 years old by the completion of the course, have a valid driver’s license and must submit to 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.  The cost of the background check and physical examination are the student’s responsibility.

Commissioned and open enrollment applicants will be accepted.

Natural Resources/Ranger/ Basic Peace Officer Academy (OPOTA) registration procedures:

1)    Register with first payment by Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
2)    Attend mandatory orientation on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. (students will be contacted prior to this date with the location for finger printing).
3)    Successfully complete an initial physical fitness assessment (date to be determined prior to the start of the academy) – any student not passing the initial physical fitness assessment will be refunded in full.


Fall 2014
Monday – Thursday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
September 8, 2014 – April, 2015 (exact completion to be determined by enrollment and weather; some Fridays & Sundays may be required)

Tuition Fee: $5,795 (includes non-refundable materials fee of $785)
Tuition includes uniforms and supplies listed above.
Students can expect the following additional costs: physical exam and background check.

Registration begins at the Information Night on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Call Elaine Byrd at (440) 891-7697 or Mary Koeka at (440) 891-7653 for more information.

Program Resources

Course of Study


Sample Assignments

Gainful employment information – Student Policies & Financial Aid Consumer Handbook

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