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

Completion of this degree program requires admission to and successful completion of the College's Basic Police Academy.  Students can work on program requirements that are not part of the Academy required curriculum before acceptance/during the application process to the Academy.  Academy admission requirements are outlined below:

  • Application is required and available here.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • pass the Entry Physical Fitness Assessment Exam
  • apply for and be accepted as a student at Tri-C and be in good financial and academic standing
  • successfully pass the National WebCheck for Law Enforcement (BCI&I/FBI)
  • successfully pass the five-panel drug screen
  • receive a physical exam in good health from their physician
  • have a valid Ohio driver’s license and currently have full driving privileges in the State of Ohio
  • NOT have a criminal background
  • be at least 20 years old at the time of acceptance to the Academy*
  • Other Information

    *AGE GUIDELINES: Except under very rare circumstances, the Academy does not accept individuals under the age of 20.  If an exception is made, the potential Cadet should understand the unlikelihood of being hired / sworn (offered a Commission) with a police department until he/she is 21 years of age. The College also requires that all firearms be transported to and from the range by someone of at least 21 years of age.  The following OPOTC standards are in place and should be made known to any potential Cadet, regardless of age:

  • The individual has one year after taking and passing the OPOTC State Certification Exam to obtain a Commission without having to take any further classes.
  • If hired after the one year anniversary of having passed the Exam, the individual must have enough time to finish any new OPOTC requirements before the second year anniversary date of the Exam occurs. If the deadline is not met, he/she must repeat the entire OPOTC Basic Police Academy.
  • If any individual does not receive a Commission by the second year anniversary of having passed the Exam, he/she must successfully complete another OPOTC Basic Police Academy.
  • Note:  The College offers two full time academies, one starting in Fall and one starting in Spring, and a part-time academy starting in Fall.   Once students begin an academy program, the student cannot switch to a different academy program (i.e. start in a full-time academy and switch to a part-time academy). 

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 criminal justice and public safety professions.
  2. Apply local, 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 understanding of law enforcement culture to develop and refine skill sets essential to specific law enforcement and public safety positions.
  6. Sit for the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Commission Exam.
  7. Apply community policing principles to enhance positive interactions with diverse populations.
  8. Apply laws, theories, and standards designed specifically for the juvenile population. 
  9. Provide supervision including effective communication, personnel evaluation, hiring practices, retention practices, and taking disciplinary and corrective action.   

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
Computer Applications  
Honors Computer 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
COMM-1xxx 2 Any 1000 level COMM 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