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Clark State Basic Peace Officer Training Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary in August 2019. The Academy is designed to meet the requirements of the Ohio Police Officer Training Council (OPOTC) and is offered in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, the State of Ohio. , and OPOTC, the college said.

Advances in technology and a focus on homeland security have fueled a demand for law enforcement professionals equipped to deal with changes in national security, the statement said.

Clark State offers four Peace Officer Training Academies each year – four-month daytime academies and six-month evening academies are each held twice a year. Each academy is limited to 25 cadets.

The next evening session of the Academy begins January 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Academy’s next daytime session will begin in March 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Cadets must be 21 years old at the time they take the state certification exam. Cadets must also have a valid Ohio driver’s license, high school diploma or GED equivalent and cannot have any felony or violent misdemeanor convictions.

Prospective cadets must complete the OPOTA application and other required forms. An applicant is required to pass a physical assessment test, physical exam, drug screening, and have their fingerprints completed for a BCI background check.

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Here are the Spring 2022 Police Academy graduates:

County of Auglaize

Bradley Fleck

Clark County

Reese Cochran

ryan fain

Brendon Hartsel

Gabriel Mefford

keith moore

Madeline Rutenik

Zachary Speckman

Caitlin Votaw

Franklin County

James Aubrey

Greene County

Syncear Bryant

Joseph Desjardins

Montgomery County

Major Stratton