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2018 News SOPTI Graduation
December 17, 2018 : Southern Ohio Police Training Institute cadets celebrate graduation


Eleven students from Southern Ohio Police Training Institute celebrated a milestone on Nov. 16, 2018 in their journey to becoming certified peace officers in the state of Ohio, by graduating from the rigorous course. Two other students are currently enrolled in the course and are working toward their graduation.


At the culmination of nearly six months of coursework, studying, physical tests, and challenging scenarios, these students accepted their certificates for the completion of the SOPTI program.


Completion of the program is often a rigorous task, as many academy participants juggle study requirements with family and job commitments. SOPTI students have an average of about 25 contact hours per week, with a total of 749 contact hours in the 31 weeks of the course. Along with many hours put into the program, many cadets maintain their full-time jobs during the academy.


Commander Terri Mikesh commented on the accomplishments of the cadets. “This was a very strong and balanced class, with everyone very capable of succeeding in all aspects of the training. We are very excited to see them begin their law enforcement careers, continually striving to learn how they can best protect and serve the citizens in the communities where they work.” Commander Mikesh also took a moment to thank the families and friends for their support toward their cadets and thanked the SOPTI instructors for sharing their expertise and their dedication to the academy.


Mikesh had also shared that six out of the eleven graduated cadets have already found employment. Three have been employed with the Ross County Sheriff's Office, two with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, and one with the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

As of today, ten cadets have completed their state certification exam with a passing grade. A score of 70% is required to pass the test, and the class averaged an 86.4%. Three other cadets are scheduled to take their exam in upcoming weeks.


SOPTI is a Basic Peace Officer Training program that is conducted in strict compliance to all rules and regulations prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cadets gain exposure to and conduct hands on training in traffic enforcement, field sobriety, firearms qualification, subject control, ethical decision making and physical readiness among numerous other blocks of instruction.


SOPTI will begin its next class with a new cohort of cadets on April 1, 2019. For more information on the program, visit or contact Commander Mikesh at or 740.774.7286.