Basic Police Academy

ButlerTech Police Training

Will soon be Enrolling for our January 21, 2021 Full Day Academy!

Butler Tech’s Basic Police Academy will prepare you for an exciting career in law enforcement. Approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, our police academy is one of the top programs in the state.

Butler Tech’s curriculum is scenario-based and prepares cadets to be street ready upon graduation.

Benefits of Butler Tech’s Basic Police Academy

  • State-of-the-art facility with indoor 20 lane firing range and on-site fitness center
  • OPOTC certified instructors who are subject matters experts
  • Use of academy uniforms, firearms, holster, magazine pouch, handcuffs, case expandable batons, lead free ammunition, and Ohio Revised Code Law Books
  • Use of computerized driving & firearm training simulators
  • Only Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified driving pad in the Tristate area
  • Available college credit

Requirements for Enrollment

*You must be 20 1/2 years old at the start of the Academy

*You must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

*You must possess a valid driver’s license

*You must pass the physical fitness assessment of situps, pushups and 1.5 mile run based on the Ohio Police Academy Fitness Standards

* You must be free of convictions (juvenile or adult) for any felony, serious misdemeanors, crimes of violence, domestic violence, or any offense that would disqualify you from possessing a firearm.

Program Times

Full Time | 770 Hours

Upcoming Academy Programs:  October 5, 2020 (Mon-Fri, 6:00pm-10:00pm) | January 11, 2021 (Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm) | February 16, 2021 (9:00am-1:00pm)

PLEASE NOTE: Police academy enrollment starts no more than 150 days prior to the start date
of an academy. Ohio Attorney General forms have to be completed in as few as 60 days prior
to the start date. The Ohio Attorney General updates the curriculum and forms 1-2 times per
year. Until they make the paperwork available, Butler Tech cannot provide documents to
complete and we often don’t have an end date for an academy until 60 days prior to the start date.

Program Costs

Tuition $6,275 | Books/Supplies $990

Total $7,265

Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Get Started!

Basic Police Academy Enrollment Checklist

to show interest in the Academy. 

Passing the physical fitness assessment, attending an enrollment meeting with the Commander of the academy you’re interested in, returning completed OPOTA paperwork to the Commander and having your application approved by OPOTA are the first steps to enrolling in this program. Please provide accurate contact information, so we can best follow-up with you and help you on your way to new career opportunities. 

  • Based on the Academy you’re interested in, you will schedule a physical fitness assessment with the Commander of that academy.  Ohio Police Academy Fitness Standards
  • Once you’ve passed the physical fitness assessment (PFA), you will have an enrollment meeting with the Commander to review the Peace Officer Basic Training Student Handbook, the steps needed to be approved by OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) and steps to be fully enrolled with Butler Tech. This is typically done right after the PFA.
  • The Commander must  have at least 10 OPOTA candidate approvals, 21 days prior to an Academy start for it to run on time.

Butler Tech Enrollment steps required in addition to OPOTA approval:

(These steps can be completed at the same time or before the above OPOTA requirements, but the OPOTA approval is required first before a seat in the academy can be secured.)

  • Pass the WorkKeys Assessements
  • Fill out a FAFSA form . Our school code is 015492.
  • Click Here for more information if you are a veteran and want to use your benefits
  • Schedule an appointment with our Financial Aid Coordinator to complete your financial paperwork.
  • Provide your high school diploma, GED or high school equivalent
  • Provide copy of valid driver’s license
  • Final Step to Secure Your Seat-Submit your completed green enrollment form (provided when you pass the WorkKey Assessments) along with your $200 deposit that goes towards your tuition.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Our cadets will be street ready in:

  • First aid/CPR/AED
  • Alcohol detection
  • Apprehension, and prosecution
  • Speed measuring devices
  • Emergency vehicle operations (CEVO)
  • OPOTC firearms qualification
  • Chemical agents/impact weapons
  • CCW Certificate of Competency

To be eligible for OPOTC certification as a peace officer, cadets will need to successfully complete certain skill-based student performance objectives (SPO’s), meet higher physical fitness assessment standards, and pass a written state certification exam (SCE) showing knowledge of cognitive-based SPO’s.

Salary Statistics

2018 Median Pay (Bureau of Labor Statistics) : $63,380 per year | $30.47 per hour

Campus Tour

20-lane firing range

On-Site Fitness Facility

Training Cruiser