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Law Enforcement Academy One-Year Certificate

Certificate Course Sequence

CJS140  Law Enforcement Academy I
SSC101  Student Success Seminar
CJS121  Introduction to Criminal Justice
COM121  Effective Speaking
CJS240  Law Enforcement Academy II
ENG124  College Composition
PSY121  General Psychology
CJS221  Criminology


Stark State College, in cooperation with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, offers the law enforcement academy for individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. This is an intensive program which meets Monday – Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 8-5 p.m.; and approximately five Sundays 8-5 p.m. A new academy begins each spring, summer and fall semester and runs for approximately eight months.

Background checks are completed and submitted to BCI and FBI prior to acceptance into the program. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony, domestic violence, or drug convictions will not be eligible for the law enforcement academy one-year certificate program.

Students must enroll in all courses concurrently as identified for each semester. All instructors are certified by the Ohio Peace Office Training Commission. Individuals who successfully complete the law enforcement academy one-year certificate program and pass the practical exercises are eligible to take the state (Ohio Basic Peace Officer Certification) examination.

Individuals who are already sworn officers may complete the law enforcement academy one-year certificate to be certified.

Job opportunities may include municipal, township or village police officer, deputy sheriff, state wildlife officer or other law enforcement positions.

For application information, email Jerry Snay, program coordinator, at