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Police Academy

Police Academy Students

Enrolling in the Police Academy (OPOTA)

Because enrolling in the academy has additional admissions requirements, you should start well in advance of the semester you would like to start training. You should also take into account that many municipal police departments and sheriff's departments require officers to be at least 21 years old when hired. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you turn 21 by the time you graduate from the academy, before you take your OPOTA certification exam.

The first thing you need to do is apply for admission to Clermont College. (If you are already currently a UC student-at Clermont College or any other UC college, just start from here. You don’t need to re-apply. However, if you are not a Clermont student, you will want to transfer your enrollment to this college; otherwise you will pay the higher tuition of whichever college you are enrolled in.)

The second thing you need to do is complete the Student Information Sheet and mail it to the academy commander at—

David S. Gregory
Police Academy Commander
UC Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103

Tel:        513-558-7408
Fax:       513-732-5304


This alerts the commander to your intention to attend the police academy, gets your academy files set up, and starts your academy admission process. (Admission to the college and admission to the academy are two separate things. Admission to the academy has additional requirements that you must meet.  We’ll talk more about those in the following sections. You may find it helpful to download our application checklist to keep you on track with your application to the academy.)


Details . . .

Academy courses are held at—

Clermont College Police Academy
UC Clermont Campus
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103

Firing range, driving practice, and physical conditioning may be held at other locations.

Police Academies start in JUNE and DECEMBER of each year.


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NOTE: Students who wish to pursue a career in the Ohio State Highway Patrol should apply directly to them. The Ohio State Highway Patrol requires all candidates to attend their live-in academy.

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