Police Academy

Police Academy

This program provides students with the training required by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission (OPOTC) to pursue a career in law enforcement.  This program has been serving Van Wert and surrounding communities since 1994.  Training is under the direction of a State of Ohio-approved Academy Commander.  Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to earn the Ohio Peace Officer Certificate, which opens doors to various law enforcement opportunities. 
 To complete successfully, students must complete 100% of the training hours (741 hours) and pass the Physical Fitness Standards Test given near the end of the program.  Successful completers will receive a certificate of completion and can take the written examination for Ohio Peace Officers.  Passing the state exam entitles graduates to certification by the State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) required for employment as a peace officer in the state of Ohio.  

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Possess a valid high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent
  • Pass a drug screen, physical, and FBI & BCI background check 
  • Have a good driving record as reported on a driving record from your local Bureau of Motor Vehicle Office
  • Complete a pre-entrance assessment, WorkKeys scoring four or greater in each of the three areas tested:  Math, Workplace Documents (skill to read and comprehend workplace documents), Graphic Literacy (skill to locate and find information)
  • Pass a preliminary physical conditioning assessment performing up to the 15th percentile as defined by the New Cooper Standards for Law Enforcement Fitness (included in the packet of information)
  • The Program Coordinator and/or Adult Education Director may allow some exceptions to the admissions criteria.
2023-24 Police Academy


The 2024-2025 Academy is scheduled to begin in August 2024 and complete in late May 2025. Classes and most weekends are held Monday through Thursday from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.  The class size is limited to 20 students.


Financial Assistance is available for those that qualify from a variety of sources.  Complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for Federal Financial Aid, including Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and Federal Student Loans.  For details on all assistance available, see our Financial Aid page.

VA Educational Benefits - Apply for your VA benefits online at va.gov/education
Contact the Financial Aid Office to complete certification.

Ohio Means Jobs - Financial Assistance may be available for those that qualify through your local Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ) agency.  Students must work directly with OMJ to apply.  Additional information

To explore this career further visit O*NET Online.  The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Need more information?

Robert Black
Police Academy Commander
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2187
Maria Diltz
Maria Diltz
Enrollment, Assessment, and Customized Training Coordinator
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2118
Kendra Sentelik
Kendra Sentelik
Financial Aid Coordinator/ Accreditation Liaison Officer/ VA School Certifying Official
Office: 419-238-5411 x 2110
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