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Vantage Police Academy
This 737 hour 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.

Vantage Police Academy is proud to have a 100% passing rate on the OPOTC exam for the last 5 years.
 
General Information:
  • Start Date:   August 20, 2018
  • End Date:     May 26, 2019
  • 737 hours/completed in 9 months
  • Tuition: $4,100 includes ammunition for handgun, and 1st time OPOTC exam
  • Book fee $74
  • Estimated additional cost: $1,175 for uniforms, weapon and duty gear
  • Classes meet 6:00pm-­10:00pm Monday - ­Thursday plus an average of two weekends 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.
 
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
  • 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • Submit to and pass a drug screen
  • Pass a preliminary physical
  • Comply with all Vantage and OPOTC regulations and rules
Gainful Employment
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) 
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)
 
 
 
 
contact us
For more information, contact us at 419-238-5411, Option 2
Application packets for the 2019-2020 Academy will be available after April 1, 2019.
Maria Diltz
OTC Enrollment Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Jaclyn Gunsett
Financial Aid Coordinator / VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
Robert Black
OTC Police Academy Commander
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2187
vantage career center
Address: 818 N Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891  |  Phone: (419) 238-5411
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