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COTC: Law Enforcement Technology: Facts about the Program

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Law Enforcement Technology Program

Law Enforcement Technology Program


 Statement of Purpose and Learning Outcomes 

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Law Enforcement technology Program at Central Ohio Technical College is to prepare qualified individuals for entry-level positions as a law-enforcement officer through knowledge-based learning, demonstrated skills proficiencies, experiential learning through structural simulation, and practical experience in an ethical and professional manner consistent with court decisions, community expectations, and federal, state, and local laws.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate competency requirements in entry-level positions as a certified law-enforcement officer.

2. Demonstrate knowledge through the study of general education courses with enhanced communications skills (both written and spoken), and a comprehensive knowledge of human behavior dynamics through the behavioral science courses.

3. Identify and demonstrate problem-solving skills that will correlate to those they will be challenged by as a law-

enforcement officer upon employment.

4. Perform their duties in an ethical and professional manner with the highest regard for the United States Constitution and

the rights of others.

5. Develop independent and lifelong learning and working habits.

6. Prepare to meet state requirements for state certification as a Peace Officer.

7.Prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a baccalaureate degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice after completing their two-year degree of Applied Science at Central Ohio Technical College.

    Click here for current course descriptions and plan of study.

    Please contact the Gateway Admissions Office, located on the Newark Campus in the Hopewell Mall (740-366-9222), for further information regarding the Fire Science Technology program. 

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            Facts about the Law Enforcement Technology Program

            Law Enforcement Technology

            Program Summary

            The Law Enforcement Technology program at Central Ohio Technical College’s Institute for Public Safety offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

            This plan allows students to receive a degree  and complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) requirements  simultaneously in a daytime or evening setting.

            Learning Outcomes

            • Demonstrate competency requirements in entry-level positions as a certified law enforcement officer.
            • Demonstrate knowledge through the study of general education courses with enhanced communications skills (both written and spoken), and a comprehensive knowledge of human behavior dynamics through the behavioral science courses.
            • Identify and demonstrate problem solving skills that will correlate to those they will be challenged by as a law enforcement officer upon employment.
            • Perform their duties in an ethical and professional manner with highest regard for the United States Constitution and the rights of others.
            • Develop independent and lifelong learning and working habits.
            • Prepare to meet state requirements for state certification as a Peace Officer.
            • Prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a baccalaureate degree in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice after completing their two-year degree of Applied Science at Central Ohio Technical College.

            Career Opportunities

            Depending on the final quarter option chosen, graduates of this program have career opportunities as:

            • Police Officers
            • Deputy Sheriffs
            • Court Officers
            • Corrections Officers
            • Probation Officers
            • TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Officers
            • Homeland Security Officers

            Important Student Characteristics

            • Good physical conditioning
            • Good reading skills
            • Good motor skills
            • Accountability
            • Ability to follow directions with precision
            • Excellent time management skills
            • Capable verbal and written communications
            • Basic computer skills

            Admission Requirements

            The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) will be held in the 5th and 6th quarters according to the student’s plan of study. Spaces available in the Academy program are limited and selection is based on successful completion of all general and pre-admission Academy requirements.

            Applicants must complete the following COTC general admissions requirements:

            • Submit the Application for Admission form with $20 non-refundable application fee.
            • Complete COTC Placement Assessment or proof of waiver eligibility.  If applicant places into pre-college course work, that course work must be successfully completed before starting the Academy.
            • Submit official high school transcript with date of graduation indicated.  If not a high school graduate, submit a copy of the G.E.D. certificate or meet Ability to Benefit admission criteria on the COMPASS Placement Test.
            • Submit official college transcript from all colleges previously attended.

            Those students seeking the Law Enforcement Technology degree must meet the following pre-admission requirements before entering the Academy: (5th quarter)

            • Attend a mandatory information meeting.
            • Submit a completed enrollment packet required by the OPOTA for admission into the Academy. This includes a fingerprint background check by the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI& I) and the FBI to determine any criminal record which would disqualify the student from the Academy, such as felonies or any domestic violence convictions. 
            • Have aValid driver’s license. 

            • Submit a signed statement agreeing to refrain from use of tobacco products during the OPOTA training program.

            • Submit an approval from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for the student to enter training.

            • Submit a completed pre-test screening of the physical conditioning requirements including a signed waiver acknowledging the consequences of not passing the final physical conditioning test before the written final exam.

               Final Quarter Options

            Students can choose to specialize in one of three options during their final quarter:

             

            Special Operations; OPOTA Certification required

             

            Advanced Patrol and Investigations; OPOTA Certification required

             

            Corrections Management; OPOTA Certification NOT required

             

             Deadline date for pre-application to OPOTA program is October 8.

             

            Transferability

            COTC’s Fire Science program is designed to allow graduates to move seamlessly to bachelor’s degree programs.

            How do I Start?

            If you are a new student, you may apply online at www.cotc.edu.

            You may also contact the Gateway - Office of Admissions for more information:

            E-mail: cotcadmissions@cotc.edu

            Newark Campus 740.366.9222

            800.963.9275 Ext. 222

            Coshocton Campus 740.622.1408

            Knox Campus 740.392.2526

            Pataskala Campus 740.964.7090

            Returning COTC students should contact one of the Gateway offices previously listed.

            For specific questions regarding Law Enforcement Technology contact:

            Kathleen Barch, Director, Institute for Public Safety

            740.364.9564

            kbarch@cotc.edu

            Accreditation/ Membership

            Central Ohio Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

            Phone: 312.263.0456

            www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

            COTC is also a member of the American Association for Higher Education, the Ameri-can Association of Community Colleges, the American Council on Education, the Ameri-can Technical Education Association, Inc., the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Ohio College Association.

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