Cleveland Heights Police Academy

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The course of instruction offered at The Cleveland Heights Police Academy will qualify the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test required to become a Peace Officer. The application period is currently open and we are accepting applications for the January 2023 Police Academy.

Training and Tuition

The Cleveland Heights Police Academy consists of approximately 840 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 740 curriculum hours.  Classes will be scheduled from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) scheduled for each Academy Platoon during the Driving portion of instruction.  

The tuition for The Cleveland Heights Police Academy is $5,000.  The tuition includes all required ammunition, books, classroom materials, uniform attire consisting of Cleveland Heights Police Academy uniform, physical conditioning clothing, hat, and equipment bag.  Students must provide their own Law enforcement shoes/boots, flashlight and flashlight holder for the Academy.  

The student will also be provided with the following items that will be returned at the end of the Academy; a duty belt, holster, magazine pouch, handcuffs, handcuff case.  The student will also be issued a firearm during the Firearms portion of the curriculum and it will be returned upon completion of that topic.  Eye and ear protection will also be provided during the firearms portion of the Academy.  

Eligibility Requirements

As dictated by the OPOTC:

  1. Citizen of the United States.
  2. Age: 21 years of age or reach the age by the completion of the academy.
  3. High School graduate or equivalent (GED)
  4. Possess a valid Ohio Driver’s License and currently have full driving privileges in the State of Ohio.
  5. Pass a drug screening test within 150 days of the start of the Academy.
  6. Meet physical fitness standards established by the OPOTC.
  7. Meet additional requirements listed in appendix of OPOTC restrictions (the below matters prohibit an individual from attending the training program):
    1. The person is subject to a weapons disability;
    2.  The person is under indictment, has pleaded guilty to, or has been convicted of a felony; 
    3. Any person currently registering as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender; 
    4. Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with an offense under ORC Chapter 2925, Drug Offenses; Chapter 3719, Controlled Substances, or Chapter 4729, Dangerous Drugs, that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse – if they are convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three-year period; 
    5. Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a misdemeanor offense of violence – if they are convicted of that offense, they are disqualified for a three-year period; 
    6. Any person under indictment or otherwise charged with a violation of ORC 2903.14, Negligent Assault; 
    7. Any person convicted of or pleaded guilty to an offense under ORC Chapter 2913, Theft and Fraud, or a municipal ordinance that is substantially similar is disqualified for a three-year period.

Enrollment Process

If you feel that you meet the eligibility requirements, contact the Cleveland Heights Police Academy at 216-291-3836 or email academy@clevelandheights.gov 

Class size is limited.  Prospective cadets will also attend an orientation, pass the physical fitness test, and complete an interview with the Academy Commander and Academy staff.

The application must be printed at your own accord and returned/mailed back to the Cleveland Heights Police Academy with original signatures.  Emailed/faxed applications will not be accepted.  Incomplete or illegible forms will not be accepted.  

Physical Fitness Standards

An integral part of the OPOTC Police Academy is physical fitness. The fitness assessment consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run. Students must pass each event at the final assessment in order to be eligible for the state certification exam. The minimum fitness standards from OPOTC are listed below.

Ages 29 and younger


Male
Entrance Minimum
Male
Final Assessment
Female
Entrance Minimum
Female
Final Assessment
Sit-ups (1 minute)32402335
Push-ups (1 minute)1933918
1.5 mile run (time)14:3411:5817:4914:07

Ages 30 - 39


Male
Entrance Minimum
Male
Final Assessment
Female
Entrance Minimum
Female
Final Assessment
Sit-ups (1 minute)28361827
Push-ups (1 minute)1527714
1.5 mile run (time)15:1312:2518:3714:34

Ages 40 - 49


Male
Entrance Minimum
Male
Final Assessment
Female
Entrance Minimum
Female
Final Assessment
Sit-ups (1 minute)22311322
Push-ups (1 minute)1021511
1.5 mile run (time)15:5813:1119:3215:24

Ages 50 - 59


Male
Entrance Minimum
Male
Final Assessment
Female
Entrance Minimum
Female
Final Assessment
Sit-ups (1 minute)1726717
Push-ups (1 minute)7154 (modified)13 (modified)
1.5 mile run (time)17:3814:1621:3117:13

Ages 60 +


Male
Entrance Minimum
Male
Final Assessment
Female
Entrance Minimum
Female
Final Assessment
Sit-ups (1 minute)132028
Push-ups (1 minute)5151 (modified)8 (modified)
1.5 mile run (time)20:1215:5623:3218:52

 

Veterans

The Cleveland Heights Police Academy encourages our military veterans to apply. You may be able to use your GI Bill educational benefits to pay for the Police Academy. Please inquire within if you have further questions on this program.

Contact Information

For questions regarding attending the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, please contact Academy Commander, Sgt. Matthew Lasker at 216-291-3836 or academy@clevelandheights.gov.

Police Academy Address:
The Cleveland Heights Police Academy
2595 Noble Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121