Vantage's 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).
2021-2022 Academy Starts in August 2021. Completes by the end of May 2022.
Deadline for submitting an application is July 23, 2021.
Costs for the 2021-2022 Police Academy:
includes two academy shirts, ammunition for the range, and first OPOTC exam fee
Book: $80 Ohio Criminal Law & Motor Vehicle Handbook 2020 Edition
Additional out-of-pocket expenses: $1,159 - Program Cost and Information Sheet shows detailed costs
Classtime Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 6:00pm - 10:00pm plus weekend days as scheduled.
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.
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”.
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.
- 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