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The Southern Ohio Police Training Institute (SOPTI) is a basic peace officer training academy that is conducted in compliance with all rules and regulations prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. Students must meet the requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), including a criminal background check.

In 2023 Ohio University Chillicothe is partnering with Pickaway-Ross Adult Education to offer a Basic Peace Officer Academy, which provides the participants with the fundamentals necessary for seeking certification and employment as a peace officer in Ohio. The academy is conducted in strict compliance with all rules and regulations prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC). Cadets must meet all requirements set forth by Pickaway-Ross and the OPOTC to enroll, graduate, qualify for the state certification exam, and ultimately become certified as peace officers in Ohio.

More Info

For more information, contact:

Jim McKean, PhD
Executive Director
Southern Ohio Police Training Institute
Technology and Business Development Center 129
T: 740.774.7708
F: 740.774.7214
mckean@ohio.edu

OR

Terri Mikesh
Academy Commander
Southern Ohio Police Training Institute
Technology and Business Development Center 110
T: 740.774.7286
mikesh@ohio.edu