UC Clermont

Criminal Justice Technology : Law Enforcement-Police Academy

Associate of Applied Science

Why study Criminal Justice Technology : Law Enforcement-Police Academy?

Law enforcement is a component of the criminal justice system. Its primary functions are the prevention of crime, investigation of criminal acts, and the apprehension and detention of those suspected of offenses. While law enforcement officers are concerned with enforcing criminal law, a greater part of their responsibility is the maintenance of order, responding to calls for service and the prevention and deterrence of crime. Most law enforcement is provided by uniformed officers.

Law enforcement can be dangerous and stressful, but highly rewarding for those called to serve.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Additional police academy admission requirements include the following:

  • Medical exam
  • Notarized statement of understanding
  • Two letters of reference
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Fingerprint card
  • Personal interview

To learn more about our OPOTA certified police academy, visit our Police Academy website.

You should also take into account that many municipal police departments and sheriff's departments require officers to be at least 21 years old when hired. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you turn 21 by the time you graduate from the academy, before you take your OPOTA certification exam.

If you have been convicted of a felony or domestic violence or have two or more DUI convictions, you cannot be admitted to the police academy.

Honesty, sound judgment, integrity and a sense of responsibility are especially important for those working with the law. Other important characteristics for law enforcers are cultural sensitivity and the ability to think and act quickly. You should also possess excellent communication skills. You need emotional stability and the ability to cope with high levels of stress for prolonged periods. You must also be able to pass drug tests and background checks. You must be physically fit and possess a high degree of courage, self-sacrifice and loyalty.

If you specialize in law enforcement, you may pursue many different career paths. Some of your opportunities for employment include the following:

  • police officer
  • detective
  • parole officer
  • bailiff
  • corrections officer
  • deputy
  • sheriff
  • highway patrol officer
  • federal air marshal
  • border patrol agent
  • FBI agent
  • university police officer
  • transit police officer
  • fish and game warden
  • DEA agent
  • secret service agent

If you continue your education and earn a bachelor’s (or graduate) degree, you will generally enjoy a broader choice of career opportunities. These more advanced degrees in criminal justice tend to benefit you in terms of promotions and duty assignments. Most federal agencies and many state agencies require a baccalaureate degree, and many agencies (such as the FBI) also require a number of years of experience or more advanced academic preparation (such as a degree in law).

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Our program meets the hiring and promotion standards for a growing number of law enforcement agencies in the eastern Cincinnati area. Our technical advisory committee, consisting of leaders in the local law enforcement community, helps assure that our curriculum meets your career needs.

The program coordinator and criminal justice faculty are available for academic advising and career counseling. You will have opportunities to interact with the heads of various justice agencies through class exercises, guest speakers and special seminars. We place extra emphasis on helping you develop the writing and testing skills necessary to assure your successful placement.

Our police academy has an overall average 96.7 percent pass rate for the OPOTA exam. Approximately half our graduating classes have a 100 percent pass rate.

UC Clermont's Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance.

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Additional police academy admission requirements include the following:

  • Medical exam
  • Notarized statement of understanding
  • Two letters of reference
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Fingerprint card
  • Personal interview

Complete details are online at the Police Academy website.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

Additional police academy admission requirements include the following:

  • Medical exam
  • Notarized statement of understanding
  • Two letters of reference
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Fingerprint card
  • Personal interview

For details, visit the Police Academy website.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our police academy is approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).

Contact Information

Admissions
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319
clermont.admissions@uc.edu