The Northwest State Law Enforcement Academy is an evening and weekend program that lasts two semesters (August-May) and includes classroom and lab experiences. This rigorous program places a strong emphasis on integrity and professionalism in order to ensure that graduates are prepared to succeed as law enforcement officers. Successful completion of the academy includes meeting the physical fitness requirements and passing the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification exam.

The academy includes 28 credit hours of coursework, which can be applied toward an associate degree at NSCC. After completing the academy and working in the law enforcement field, many choose to return to NSCC and complete an associate degree in criminal justice-law enforcement academy option in order to increase their career opportunities.This option is also helpful for students who are under 21, as it allows them to earn a degree in a related field while waiting to meet the academy’s age requirement.

To learn more about the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy, please review the information below.

Program Requirements

Students must be at least 21 years old by December 31 of the academic year for which they plan to enroll. Those who do not meet the age requirement are encouraged to learn more about the law enforcement academy option, which allows students to earn an associate degree in criminal justice in addition to the academy credential.

The academy meets Monday-Thursday from 6-10 p.m., most Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and occasionally on Fridays and Sundays. Attendance is mandatory in order to be eligible for state certification. A detailed schedule is distributed during orientation.

Students must meet 85% of the final fitness requirements at the beginning of the academy. To successfully complete the academy and be eligible for state certification, students must meet 100% of the physical fitness requirements.

Students must also have a valid Ohio driver’s license, obtain a health physical, and pass a drug screen.

Background and criminal record checks will be completed and an interview is required. Students who have a state or federal weapons disqualifier, any felony conviction, currently registered as a sex offender, arson offender, convicted of a drug offense, theft or fraud, negligent assault, or convicted of a misdemeanor offense of violence or any related offenses as a result of domestic violence will not be eligible for admission.

Employment Outlook

Click here to learn more about the employment outlook for law enforcement officers in the state of Ohio.

Physical Fitness Resources

Students are encouraged to prepare for the academy by developing, or continuing, a physical fitness routine. While students are enrolled in the academy, they will have free access to NSCC’s fitness room.

There are many resources available to help you build a fitness routine that will help you meet your goals. We encourage you to consult with your physician, conduct research and look through the resources listed below.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
The 25 Best Fitness Apps
Four Best Tips for Using Fitness Tracking Devices
How to Develop a Fitness Program
Fitness Program: 5 Steps to Get Started
Fitness Training: Elements of a Well-Rounded Routine

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment information for NSCC’s certificate programs is available online. Gainful employment information includes: estimated cost of the program, average student loan debt and types of jobs available.

How to Apply

If you are interested in enrolling in the NSCC Law Enforcement Academy, please follow these steps: