This program is designed for students who have made the career decision to be peace officers and are enrolled in the Basic Peace Officer Academy affiliated with Cuyahoga Community College. The program provides opportunities for specific police training, as well as the educational base to prepare for career promotions.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Required - Contact Police Academy Office at 216-987-3076.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at completion of academy
  • No felony convictions (misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed by Academy commander)

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize and practice ethical behavior associated with the law enforcement professions.
  2. Apply state and federal legal standards, including statutory and case law, to adults and juveniles in civil and criminal matters, in both public and private sectors.
  3. Purposefully adapt oral, written and non-verbal styles and techniques to communicate effectively in diverse professional roles and environments.
  4. Maintain personal health and well-being in carrying out professional responsibilities.
  5. Apply law enforcement culture and theory in the technical areas of firearm and patrol techniques, defensive driving and traffic enforcement and investigation.
  6. Sit for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) Exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CJ-1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
CJ-1130 Criminal Evidence 2
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CJ-1300 Patrol Operations 1 4
CJ-1310 Traffic Enforcement and Investigation 1 3
CJ-1330 Criminal Law 1 3
HLTH-1230 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety 1 1
PE-1000 Personal Fitness 1 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
CJ-1320 Ethics in Criminal Justice 2
CJ-2300 Juvenile Delinquency 2
CJ-2370 Fire Arms Techniques 1 3
CJ-2380 Defensive Driving 1 2
CJ-2390 The Investigative Process 1 4
SPCH-1xxx 2 Any 1000 level SPCH elective course or higher 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
CJ-1020 Introduction to Homeland Security 1 2
CJ-1111 Constitutional Law for Police 3
CJ-2360 Community Oriented Policing 3
CJ-2990 Issues in Supervision 4
Select one of the following: 3
American National Government  
Honors American National Government  
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
Introductory Sociology  
Honors Introductory Sociology  
Introduction to Criminology  
Introduction to Urban Studies  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours63