Public Safety Academies


A Guide to Public Safety Training in the Mid-Ohio Valley


OPOTC Private Security Academy

Successful completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission's (OPOTC) certified Private Security Academy program provides graduates with an Ohio state certification. The academy's 149 hours of state mandated training is made available on every Friday throughout the semester at Washington State Community College. Graduates will immediately be eligible for employment in a host of various and exciting careers in the private security field to include loss control specialists, uniformed and plain clothes security officers, armored car officers, and vip/ dignitary protection. This program can also be selected by students in our Criminal Justice degree program as an elective.

Criminal Justice Youth Academy

This academy will familiarize participants with law enforcement practices and the criminal justice community through classroom, field and interactive activities. Students entering grades 9 through 12 will experience a variety of supervised law enforcement demonstrations and visit the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, OH.

OPOTC Firearms Academy

This is a 45 hour course. There will be classroom training at WSCC and range training at Ft Harmar Rifle Club. Successful completion results in a state certification and includes training in shotgun, revolver and semi auto pistol. Registration priority is given to WSCC students who have completed the Private Security Academy but is open to the general public.

Peace Officer Basic Academy

This academy consists of nearly 700 hours or more of intensive training preparing graduates for the Ohio state peace officer certification test. WSCC runs 2 Peace Officer Basic Academies each year according to demand. The evening academy starts at the beginning of our fall semester and ends near the end of the following spring semester with classes at night and on several weekends. Evening academy takes 7 months to complete. The day academy starts soon after our spring semester ends and finishes prior to the start of our fall semester with classes primarily all day long Monday thru Friday of each week. Day academy takes 4 months to complete.

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