Police Academy

Vantage Police Academy

Vantage Police Academy provides student with training required by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC) to pursue a career in law enforcement.  Vantage Police Academy has been serving Van Wert and surrounding communities since 1994. 
 
Training is under the direction of a State of Ohio approved Academy Commander.  Successful completers will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the State of Ohio Exam.  Passing the state exam entitles graduates to certification by the State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).  
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
2020-2021  
Academy Start Date: August 2020    
Completion Date:   May 2021

Program Costs for the 2020-2021 Academy:
      Tuition: $4,300                                                                                               
            includes 2 Academy shirts, ammunition and 1st time OPOTC exam fee
      Book: $80
      Additional out-of-pocket expenses: $1,159

Classes meet 6:00pm-­10:00pm Monday - ­Thursday plus 2-3 weekend days per month; Class size is limited to 20 students
 
Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify from a variety of sources.  Check out all your options on the Financial Aid page of our website.
Students can now fill out their 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov.
 
POTENTIAL CAREERS
The majority of Police Academy graduates find entry level employment in the field of law enforcement with opportunities for advancement. According to the Department of Labor “Job opportunities in most local police departments will be excellent for qualified individuals and employment is expected to increase, especially for Sheriff's Deputies and Patrol Officers, in Ohio. Overall employment opportunities in local departments will be excellent for individuals who meet the psychological, personal and physical qualifications.” Also, according to the Department of Labor “Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers had a median annual earnings of $55,400 in 2012”.
 
INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS
This certificate program provides student with training required by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC). Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to earn the Ohio Peace Officer Certificate which opens doors to a variety of law enforcement opportunities. Students must pass the Physical Fitness Standards test and the State Written examination to be eligible for certification in Ohio.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Good moral character as determined by a traffic and criminal background check
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • Submit to and pass a drug screen
  • Pass a preliminary physical conditioning pre-test
  • Comply with all Vantage and OPOTC regulations and rules
To explore this career further visit:   http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3051.01       (O*NET Online is created for the U.S. Department of Labor) 
CIP Code:  43.0107  SOC Code:  33-3051.01    

course descriptions

This is a complete list of classes a student is required to complete for the Police Academy.

Faculty and Staff

Robert Black, Commander
Academy Rules and Regulations
Introduction to Basic Training
Introduction to Basic Policing
Criminal Justice System
Diversity & Procedural Justice
Domestic Violence
HazMat & WMD
Gang Awareness
Booking & Handling
OHLEG
Interview & Interrogation
 
Robert Black
Physical Fitness Conditioning
 
Matthew McDougal
Ethics & Professionalism
Fundamentals of Report Writing
Interacting with the Media
Introduction to Traffic
Motor Vehicle Offenses
NHTSA Speed Measuring Device
Firearms
Drug Awareness
Patrol Aspects & Overview
Building Searches ( Practical )
Stops and Approaches
Driving Practical
 
Kevin Taylor
Ohio Revised Code
Weapons
Crimes Against Persons
Liquor Control
Offenses Against Public Peace
Testifying in Court
Arrest, Search & Seizure
The Missing & Human Trafficking
 
Dillon Staas
Prostitution & Obscenity
Crimes Against Property
Arrest, Search & Seizure
Offenses Public Administration
Civil Liability & Use of Force
 
Ronald Joseph
Crisis Intervention
NHTSA Speed Measuring Device
NHTSA SFST
Vehicle Theft & Identification
Electronic Evidence
Critical Incident Stress Management
 
Wayne Swigert
First Aid CPR/AED
 
Mark Figert
First Aid CPR/AED
Patrol Aspects & Overview (practical)
Stops & Approaches
Driving
 
Douglas Beougher
First Aid CPR/AED
Keith Williamson
Police Photography
Tracing Stolen Property
Crime Scene

Andrew Fishback
Critical Injury First Aid

Matthew Schrolucke
Critical Injury First Aid

Virginia Hammons
Child Abuse & Neglect
Juvenile Justice System
 
Kip Wright
Victim's Needs & Rights
Crime Scene
Line-ups
Gambling
Surveillance
 
Robert C. Miller
Uniform Traffic Ticket
Traffic Direction & Control
Traffic Crash Investigation
Civil Disorders
Bombs & Explosives
Driving (practical)
 
Michael Dirr
Traffic Crash Investigation
 
Chad Cupples
NHTSA Speed Measuring
 
Shawn Cook
NHTSA SFST
 
Steve Boroff
Firearms Range
 
Robert Garcia
Subject Control
Impact Weapons
Building Searches
 
Edward Klausing
Subject Control
Impact Weapons
OC Pepper Training
 
Adam Wehage
Firearms Range
 
Glenn Schenk
Terrorism Awareness
Incident Command System
National Incident Management
 
Russell Bailey
Companion Animal Encounters
 
Ricky Spoor
LEADS
 
Mark Ernst
Driving (practical)
 
Chris Hile
Driving (practical)
 
 
 
 

Need more information?

Robert Black
OTC Police Academy Commander
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2187
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
OTC Enrollment Coordinator / Customized Training Heathcare Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Jaclyn Gunsett
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110