Am I eligible to attend the basic police academy?

Click here for prerequisites.

Is there an age requirement?

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age by the start of the academy.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions or need additional information, please contact Lakeland's Basic Police Academy

What is the cost?

The cost is $4,850 for in-county students and $5,250 for out-of-county students plus a non-refundable application fee of $250.

Will I get college credits?

Cadets who have completed Lakeland's Basic Police Academy who have completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy final exam and Lakeland's paperwork are eligible for eighteen (18) college credit applicable to an associate of arts degree in criminal justice. 

Is financial aid available?

Many students ask what types of funds are available for Lakeland's Basic Police Academy. The Basic Police Academy is not a federal financial aid eligible program; therefore, federal funds (Pell Grant and/or federal student loans) cannot be used to pay tuition. There are limited scholarship funds that Lakeland's Basic Police Academy students are encouraged to apply for as well as the Charles E. Schell loan program. Applications for scholarships and the Schell loan program are in the enrollment packet. For more information, contact Lakeland's Financial Aid department

Do I need my own firearm?

If you are an open enrollment cadet, a firearm will be provided.

Am I required to pass a physical fitness test?

To be eligible for admittance to Lakeland's Basic Police Academy, a student must attain the minimum score for all three skills as set on the Entrance Physical Assessment Form. Failure to meet all three skills disqualifies entry to the academy. There are no exceptions.

To be eligible to graduate from Lakeland's Basic Police Academy, a student must attain at least the minimum for all three skills as set on the Final Physical Assessment Form near the end of the Academy. Failure to meet the minimum in all three skills will result in dismissal from the academy. A chart has been given below for your reference. There will be no exceptions.

Final physical fitness standards

Am I required to be fingerprinted?

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Council requires applicants to have a National WebCheck performed. The SF 102unv form is included in your application packet.

Am I required to pass a psychological examination?

A mandatory psychological examination will take place at Lakeland Community College

How often is the police academy run?

Once per year.

When is the police academy in session?

Full-time: Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Some evenings and weekends


Lake Health Sports Medicine

Need help with the physical needs and skills required to successfully complete the Basic Police Academy?  The Tactical Athlete program through Lake Health's Sports Performance department can help. Contact the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program offered by Lake Health for a consultation at 440.352.1200 and choose option #2.

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