COTC to Hold Basic Police Academy Information Sessions

NEWARK, Ohio, September 19, 2017 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will conduct an accelerated Basic Police Academy (BPA) during spring semester 2018. During this one-semester academy, classes will be held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and some weekends starting Jan. 8, 2018, and concluding in May 2018. The academy will be conducted at the Pataskala campus at 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. Interested students must attend one of the following two-hour information sessions:

• Tuesday, Oct. 17, 4 to 6 p.m. — Pataskala campus, room PC 110

• Thursday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon — Pataskala campus, room HP 101

• Wednesday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon — Newark campus, John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, room WC 126

• Wednesday, Nov. 1, 4 to 6 p.m. — Newark campus, Hopewell Hall South, 1189 University Drive, room HP 53

To register for an information session or to obtain more information about the Basic Police Academy, visit or contact Amanda Dunlap at 740-755-7665 or

The Basic Police Academy meets the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission requirements and allows successful graduates of the program to take the state certification examination. Graduates also earn 22.5 college credits which can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology. A report recently released by the Ohio Attorney General's office shows that COTC's 2016 BPA graduates scored among the best in Ohio on the state certification exam. COTC had the fifth highest average score and was second highest when only compared to other open enrollment academies. The 2016 Police Officer Basic Training (POBT) Annual Report gave average exam scores for all of Ohio's 48 police academies. According to the POBT report, the average score for COTC graduates taking the exam was just above 87 percent. The statewide average was 82 percent.

COTC also offers degree programs in criminal justice technology and forensic science technology. More information about all programs offered through COTC's Institute for Public Safety and Services can be found at

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala. ​​