Police Officer Requirements – Ohio

Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (OPOTC)

Eligibility Requirements

The first step in the selection process is determining your eligibility for Police Academy training. The following guidelines will assist you in determining whether you meet the basic open enrollment qualifications as dictated by the OPOTC and the LCCC Police Training Academy:

  1. Citizen of the United States.
  2. Age: 21 years of age or reach that age by the completion of the academy.
  3. High School graduate or equivalent (GED)
  4. Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License.
  5. No person convicted of a felony. This may include felony convictions that have been sealed or expunged.

Ohio State Patrol Requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration are:

  •  Must have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Must be a resident of Ohio
  • Must have a valid driver license;
  • Must be a minimum of 20 years of age and must be able to complete processing and enter an Academy Class before reaching the 35th birthday.

The processing requirements include successful completion of:

  • A two-month application process which includes a background and polygraph examination, a medical examination, a physical fitness evaluation, and a written examination;
  • 24-26 weeks of intensive Academy training.