Basic Peace Officer Training Academy
Interviews and Physical Conditioning Pre-assessments for the August 19, 2019 Basic Peace
Officer Training Academy will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, June 5, 2019; at
1:00 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2019; at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019; and at 1:00 PM
on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The Physical Conditioning Pre-Assessment will be conducted at the
track located at the rear of Washington CH High School, 400 S. Elm Street, Washington CH, OH
43160, on the above stated times and dates. The interviews will be conducted at the Fayette
Campus of Southern State Community College, 1270 US RTE 62 SW, Washington CH, OH
43160, after the Physical Conditioning Pre-Assessments are completed. Open enrollment
students will not be accepted after July 13, 2019. Students are required to attend one of the
above sessions. Students are required to bring their Ohio Driver’s License with them to the
Physical Conditioning Pre-Assessment.
Students should contact Brenda Landis at 800-628-7722, Ext. 5615 or 740-333-5115 Ext. 5615
or email her at blandis@sscc.edu and advise which pre-assessment session he or she will be
attending no later than 24 hours prior to the chosen date.
Sworn officers who receive a sworn officer’s packet after July 30, 2019 may be conditionally
accepted into the August 19, 2019 Basic Peace Officer Academy upon the submission of an
original completed sworn officer packet before August 7, 2019 including a photocopy of the
ADM 400 form. Sworn officers unable to meet the Physical Conditioning Initial-assessment
standards (15 percentile) by August 7, 2019 will not be permitted to attend the course.
Students will dress appropriately for physical conditioning pre-assessment at Washington CH
High School. Along with paper and pen for note taking, students are to bring the following
completed original forms to the interview conducted at the Southern State Community
College, Fayette Campus after the physical conditioning pre-assessment he or she is
attending:
Open enrollment:
Conduct Agreement
Student Enrollment/ Certification Record
Student Hand Book Acknowledgment Form
Request for National Webcheck (Completed at LE agency)* See note below
FERPA Consent to Release Student Information Form
Student Health Data Form
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Drug Screen Information
Updated 5/2/18
Updated 5/2/18
Sworn Officer:
Conduct Agreement
Student Enrollment/ Certification Record
Student Hand Book Acknowledgment Form
Request for National Webcheck (Completed at LE agency)* See note below
FERPA Consent to Release Student Information Form
Student Health Data Form
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Drug Screen Information
Photo copy of original Administrative Form 400 (Peace Officer Commission and Oath of Office
Form).
Additional forms will be required to be completed at the pre-assessment. Each student is required
to have a physical examination by a medical professional (medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO),
physician’s assistant (PA), or certified nurse practitioner (CNP), licensed by the Ohio State
Medical Board or the Ohio State Board of Nursing, or a neighboring state’s equivalent, or a
medical professional with the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs.). The form must be signed by
an approved medical professional and the completed original from (including medical
professional signature and contact information) must be returned the first class of the academy.
Effective January 1, 2019 the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission mandated that all
students who enroll in a peace officer basic training academy pass a nine-panel drug screen.
The concentrations that would be considered a positive test result are set by federal guidelines
developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Currently these guidelines are set based on urine tests.
The drug screen should be administered by an agency licensed/certified by the Department of
Health or SAMHSA, medical professional’s office (medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO),
physician’s assistant (PA) or certified nurse practitioner (CNP)), or hospital. The drug screen
must occur within the 120-day period before the date that the academy starts. and the results
shall be provided to the academy commander no later than the first day of the academy. If an
applicant does not pass the drug screen, the applicant cannot attend the academy. An
applicant can take another drug screen within the testing window and attend the academy if the
applicant passes the subsequent screen. If an applicant feels their results are due to a prescription
drug they are taking or for any other reasons, they should contact the facility that conducted the
test.
*Note: Law Enforcement agencies approved to conduct a digital fingerprint scan for Basic
Peace Officer Academy Cadets are not permitted to charge the cadet the established fee for BCI
and FBI webcheck. Agencies are only permitted to charge an administration fee for taking the
fingerprints and submitting the webcheck request. Please contact your local Sheriff’s Office for
days and times webchecks are conducted.
The Request for National Webcheck and other forms listed above must be completed and
submitted at the interview and pre-assessment the student attends.
Updated 5/2/18
Incomplete forms will not be processed. Students with incomplete forms and or students who
are unable to meet physical conditioning pre-assessment 15 percentile standards according to
the student’s gender and age will not be accepted into the August 19, 2019 Basic Peace Officer
Training Academy.
The pre-assessment chart below is the minimum requirements a cadet must perform at his or her
pre-assessment to be accepted in the Basic Peace Officer Program at Southern State Community
College. Students who do not meet the minimum pre-assessment requirements will not be
permitted to attend the academy.
Age and Gender Minimum Scores
Pre Assessment Chart
15th%
Sit-ups (
1 min.)
Push-ups
1.5 Mile Run
Males (<29)
32
19
14:34
Females (<29)
23
9
17:49
Sit-ups (
1 min.)
Push-ups
1.5 Mile Run
Males (30-39)
28
15
15:13
Females (30-39)
18
7
18:37
Sit-ups (
1 min.)
Push-ups
1.5 Mile Run
Males (40-49)
22
10
15:58
Females (40-49)
13
5
19:32
Sit-ups (
1 min.)
Push-ups
1.5 Mile Run
Males (50-59)
17
7
17:38
Females (50-59)
7
4
21:31
Sit-ups (
1 min.)
Push-ups
1.5 Mile Run
Males (60+)
13
5
20:12
Females (60+)
2
1
23:32
Updated 5/2/18
The final assessment chart below is the minimum requirements a cadet must perform at during
the final assessment conduct during the last 40 hours of the academy in order to be eligible to sit
for the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Exam.
Age and Gender Minimum Scores
Final Assessment Chart
Sit-
ups (1 min.)
Push-ups (1 min.)
1.5 Mile Run
Males (≤29)
40
33
11:58
Females (≤29)
35
18
14:07
Sit-
ups (1 min.)
Push-ups (1 min.)
1.5 Mile Run
Males (30-39)
36
27
12:25
Females (30-39)
27
14
14:34
Sit-
ups (1 min.)
Push-ups (1 min.)
1.5 Mile Run
Males (40-49)
31
21
13:11
Females (30-39)
22
11
15:24
Sit-
ups (1 min.)
Push-ups (1 min.)
1.5 Mile Run
Males (50-59)
26
15
14:16
Females (50-59)
17
13* Modified
17:13
Sit-
ups (1 min.)
Push-ups (1 min.)
1.5 Mile Run
Males (60+)
20
15
15:56
Females (60+)
8
8* Modified
18:52
*SF195 07/01/2016 requirements
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GUIDELINES FOR BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING
COURSE
The following is to be read by each cadet and a signed acknowledgment returned to the
commander at the time of the preliminary interview.
OHIO PEACE OFFICE TRAINING COMMISON
ACADEMY REQUIREMENTS
Each cadet shall read and familiarize himself or herself with the requirements set forth by the
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for admittance to the Ohio Peace Officer Training
Program.
Each cadet shall read and familiarize himself or herself with the policies and expectations set
forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and the Greenfield Peace Officers’
Academy conducted at Southern State Community College. Each cadet shall adhere to the
policies and expectations conveyed in this guide, “OPOTC STUDENT
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM”, Southern State Community College Catalog and or any
other source of the documentation that may be or is provided to each Cadet during the Peace
Officer Basic Training Academy. Failure to maintain, any infraction or violation of any policy
or rule shall be grounds for disciplinary action including the dismissal from the academy class.
No person whose driver license is expired, invalid, under suspension, revocation, or has any
restrictions placed upon said license by any administrative agency of the State of Ohio or by any
court in the state of Ohio or any state shall attend any portion of the driving course.
No person who has been convicted of any disqualifying offense shall attend any portion of any
firearms course or firearms related topic or topics. (See appendix C for further information
regarding disqualifying offenses.)
No person who is under 18 (eighteen) years of age may attend any portion of any firearms
course.
Each cadet must successfully complete a physical conditioning pre-assessment before being
accepted into the academy class.
Students are required to attend all hours of course. No student who misses any portion of the
academy who does not make up the time will be eligible to take the state certification
examination. Any hour(s) added the State of Ohio and or any mandatory topics added by the
State of Ohio during the academy will become mandatory also.
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Students must maintain a hand written notebook. Student Notebooks (OAC 109:2-3-08) will be
evaluated in the following seven areas:
1. Sufficiency of course content,
2. Organization,
3. Appropriateness of the material,
4. Regularity of entries,
5. Neatness,
6. Accuracy,
7. Legibility.
Students must achieve a passing score of 70% on the state certification examination to be eligible
for certification (OAC 109:2-3-9).
STUDENT CONDUCT
Student shall abide by all policies, rules and regulations set forth in the Southern State
Community College Catalog.
Students shall abide by policies, rules and regulations set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer
Training Commission.
Students shall abide by polices, rules and regulations listed below:
ATTENDANCE POLICY
Students are expected to attend all hours of the basic peace officer training course All make up
hours have to be completed 7 (seven) days before the last day of the academy.
A student who has missed more than 16 (sixteen) will be removed from the class roster and
dropped from the academy.
Tardiness will be considered missed time from the class. Any student who is late for class is
required to make up the time with the instructor. A student who is 10 (ten) minutes or less for a
class may make up the missed time at the end of the class day at the discretion of the instructor.
A note must be made by the instructor on the daily attendance sheet that the tardy student made
up the same number of minutes after class. If the instructor does not agree to make up the time
or the student fails to make up the time on the same day the student missed 10 (ten) minutes or
less, the student will have make up a minimum of 30 (thirty minutes) with the same instructor on
another day in accordance with make-up hours policy.
Any student who is 11 (Eleven) to 29 (twenty-nine) minutes tardy will be required to make up 30
(thirty minutes) with the same instructor on another day in accordance with make-up hours
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policy. Any student who is 30 (thirty) minutes to 60 (sixty) minutes will be required to make up
1 (one) hour with the same instructor on another day in accordance with make-up hours policy.
Any student who misses any portion of a topic is required to makeup the hours with an instructor
original instructor. Any student who misses a complete topic is required to makeup the complete
topic with an instructor certified by OPOTC on staff for the missed topic.
ATTENDANCE MAKE-UP PROCEDURES
Any student who is 10 (ten) minutes or more of any topic will be required to complete and
submit to the commander within 10 (ten) calendar days of the missed topic a make-up request
form. The student will be responsible for the completion and submission of the make-up request
form. The following information shall be completed by the student on the make-up request form:
Student’s full name
Contact information for the student
Date and time of topic missed
Topic number and topic name missed
Name of the instructor who taught the original topic
Date, times, and location of proposed make-up
Name of instructor and OPOTC certification number of instructor to conduct make-up
A room request form
The makeup of missed hours shall be document by the completion and submission of a
attendance sheet approved by OPOTC. The following information must be completed on the
form:
Header of the form
Academy Number
Date of makeup
Topic Number and Topic Name made up
Starting and ending time of make-up Topic
Body of the form
The signature of the student making up the missed topic
The starting and ending times the student was present
The signature of the instructor conducting the make-up
The OPOTC number assigned to the instructor.
On the comment line of the form, a notation show be made that the sign-in sheet is a
makeup class and date the student missed.
All make-ups have to be conducted at an OPOTC approved site.
Any and all make-up hours must be approved by the commander 48 (forty-eight) hours prior to
the scheduled make-up. All make-up hours must be in accordance with the Ohio Peace Officer
Training Commission Commander Manual for Basic Peace Officer Training Courses.
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The cost of the make-up must be agreed upon between the student and instructor. The
student’s college tuition will not be applied to these additional fees.
FIREARMS AND FIREARMS RELATED TRAINING
Firearms shall remain unloaded at all times on the firing range and in the classroom unless
otherwise instructed by a firearms instructor.
Firearms shall not be carried into any part of the building except in the classroom while firearm
or firearm related training is being conducted. During a firearm or firearm related training is be
conducted, UNLOADED firearms shall be secured in the student’s locker when the student
leaves the class room to visit other parts of the school.
Firearms instructors have full authority to remove or suspend any student during class or on the
range for any minor violation of safety. Any student removed or suspended from or during a
class will not be able to return to class or the range until approved by the commander upon the
recommendation of a least two firearm instructors who where present at the time of the alleged
safety violation.
Firearms shall be secured in the student’s vehicle out of sight and out of reach en-route to or
from firearms or firearms related class or the range. Student shall not have his or her weapon on
their person. It is preferred that the firearm be stored in the trunk of a vehicle in a secured gear
bag. A Carried Concealed Weapon permit does not exempt any student from this rule.
If a student is stopped by a law enforcement officer, he or she shall advise the officer of the
unloaded weapon, that he or she is going to or coming from the academy, and provide a student
ID to the officer. If the incident occurs on the way to or during a class, the student shall inform
the lead instructor of the class about the incident. If the incident occurs after class the student
shall notify the commander as soon as possible of the incident.
There is an additional $40 fee per student paid to the Greenfield Peace Officers’ Association.
This fee covers the cost for upkeep for the shooting range equipment and Standardized Field
Sobriety Testing (SFST) supplies. Firearms related equipment and SFST supplies cannot paid
for by Southern State Community College due to the 501(3)(c) IRS tax status.
CLASSROOM CONDUCT
Horseplay of any kind will not be tolerated at any time and all safety rules will be strictly
enforced. Any instructor or safety officer has full authority to remove any student from class or
an activity conducted outside of the classroom for horseplay, violation of a safety rule, or
disruptive, improper, or unprofessional behavior. The student will not be able to return to class
or the range until approved by the commander upon the recommendation of the lead instructor
present or in charge at the time of the incident.
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Cell phones, personal lab top computers, or any other electronic communication devices shall not
be used or within a student’s immediate lunge area during class room activities. Electronic
communication devices should be stored in the student’s assigned locker during class. A student
may use his or her electronic communication device during break time or at the direction of the
class room instructor.
DRESS CODE
Each student attending the Basic Peace Officer Training will be dressed in the following manner:
1. Uniform designated by the academy commander shall be worn during all class room
settings. If employed by a law enforcement or security agency, a student may elect to
wear the uniform of the day in accordance with the policies of his or her agency.
2. A student shall wear proper clothing for unarmed self-defense class.
3. A student shall dress appropriately during firearms while on the range.
4. A student shall wear proper clothing for physical conditioning class.
5. At no time shall a student wear any article of clothing that could be considered
offensive to any segment of the population or considered to be in bad taste by a
prudent person.
6. A student shall wear all required safety gear during any practical training exercise.
CONDUCT OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM
At no time shall a student participate in any form of conduct that is unlawful, unethical, or
unprofessional.
Any student who is detained, seized, or arrested by a law enforcement agency shall notify the
academy commander at the earliest possible time. Any student who receives a summons to
appear in court for any violation of criminal, civil action, and / or traffic laws (federal, state, or
local ordinances), with the exception of an infraction (Example: overtime parking violation) shall
notify the academy commander at the earliest possible time.
Any student who is served with (or becomes aware of one being issued) any form of a protection
order or any other court order (civil or criminal in nature) shall notify the academy commander at
the earliest possible time.
Equipment List for OHIO Basic Peace Officer Training Course
Class room
Students will be required to maintain a notebook.
3 large 3-ring binders
Note book paper and writing instrument (Successful students usually use over 750 sheets
for their Student Performance Notebooks. This does not include note taking)
2 folders with side pockets
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Other Class room supplies
Earphones with a standard jack for a computer
One or more memory sticks (sometime referred to as a thumb drive)
Firearms Training
All of the gear listed below is needed by the first session of firearms training and each session
thereafter.
Flashlight (Push button on/off switch)
Duty Belt (Pants belt with belt keepers)
Handgun *
Shotgun**
Thumb break style holster ***(No Tactical style holsters will be permitted)
3 magazines (Semi-auto) and 2 pouches for duty belt
Eye protection
Ear protection
A minimum of 2,500 rounds of handgun ammo
A minimum of 100 rounds of buckshot 12 ga: 25 rounds of 7 ½ or 8 bird shot
A minimum of 50 rounds of 12 ga. 00 or 0000 buck shot**
A minimum of 25 rounds of 12 ga. Slugs
A minimum of 100 of .223 rounds
Gear bag for firearms equipment
(Note) Ballistic vest will be provident by the academy to students during training
exercises.
*
No Revolvers will be permitted. Semi-automatic must be double or double/single action with a
4in barrel or longer; no single action only will be permitted. Highpoint and other low quality
firearms will not be approved for use on the range. All firearms will be inspected by an OPOTC
certified firearms instructor on staff and must be approved by an OPOTC certified firearms
instructor on staff before being used on the range.
**
Shotgun must be a 12ga pump. No rifled barrels
***
No Tactical style holsters will be permitted. Holsters must be approved by an OPOTC certified
firearms instructor on staff before being used on the range.
Physical Conditioning
All of the gear listed below is needed by the first session of physical conditioning and each
session thereafter:
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Running Shoes
Proper exercise attire for indoor and outdoor activities
Small exercise mat.
Subject Control Techniques
All of the gear listed below is needed by the first session of unarmed self-defense and will be
needed for each of the sessions thereafter.
Mouth guard
Loose fitting clothing
Pants shall have belt loops and allow a belt to be worn around the waist
Gym shoes with good support
Men: Athletic supporter and cup
Women: Sports Bra (Type that can still be worn if shirt gets ripped.)
Duty belt
Holster and Firearm (no ammo)
Handcuffs and keys (NIJ approved)
Handcuff case.
Leather or weight lifting gloves
Flashlight
Revised 5/2/18
OHIO PEACE OFFICER BASIC TRAINING
REQUIREMENTS AND OPTIONS FOR ATTENDING
The requ
ired minimum number of hours for successful completion of peace officer basic
training is 737 hours. A person may attend basic training in one of several categories. The
following are descriptions of each process from application to certification.
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission approves and monitors all schools which offer
peace officer basic training. All schools must comply with statutory requirements (topics, hours,
facilities and process) in order to be approved to operate the
school. Therefore, attendance of a
school at any approved site will provide the student with the same opportunity to obtain a
certificate of peace officer basic training.
Some school sites will accept all of the students listed below. Other schools will accept students
in only certain categories. Southern State Community College will accept all of the categories
listed below.
SWORN PEACE OFFICERS (EITHER FULL TIME, PART TIME OR AUXILIARY)
In this category, the student must be appointed to a peace officer position with a city, village,
township or other agency wherein the person is required to complete peace officer basic training.
The student must apply directly to the school. The student must attend the minimum 616 hours
and any additional hours added by the school. If the student meets all success criteria for the
program, which includes completion of the state certification examination, the commander will
recommend to the Commission that the student be issued a certificate of completion of basic
training.
OPEN ENROLLMENT STUDENTS
This category is for students who are not appointed to a peace officer position but who wish to
attend peace officer basic training on their own time at their own expense. Students who complete
open enrollment will be issued a letter of completion which they may use as a way to market him
or herself to an agency selling the fact that the agency will not incur any training expense on the
basic training level. If the student receives an appointment within one year of the completion of
training, a certificate of completion will be awarded provided no additional training requirements
have been mandated. If the student receives an appointment more than one year but less than two
years after completion of training, the person will be required to attend an OPOTC-approved
refresher course before the person may perform the functions of a peace officer. If the student
receives an appointment more than one years after completion of training, the person must repeat
the peace officer basic training course before the person may perform the functions of a peace
officer.
Revised 5/2/18
PRIOR EQUIVALENT TRAINING STUDENTS
Officers who are appointed to a peace officer position in Ohio and have completed training or
education in another state, the military or under the auspices of any other certifying entity other
than the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, may apply to the Commission for a prior
equivalent training analysis. The appointing agency must submit the request in writing [THIS
WILL ONLY BE DONE FOR APPOINTED PEACE OFFICERS. IT WILL NOT BE
DONE FOR THOSE WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT RELOCATING TO OHIO]. A
detailed breakdown of topics and hours completed in basic training must be included. Agency in-
service training records and advanced training certificates may accompany the request for prior
training. The prior training will be compared to the curriculum currently required in Ohio. In
cases where the prior training is deemed equivalent, credit will be given. In cases where the prior
training either differs, is insufficient or is non-existent, hours from the Ohio curriculum will be
assigned.
The
student may take the prior equivalent determination to any approved basic training school and
apply to attend. The student must provide a copy of the determination to the school commander
who will inform the student of the schedule and when the student must attend training sessions.
Upon completion of the hours assigned in the determination, the student must take and pass the
comprehensive state certification examination. When the school is complete and the commander
submits the final records, the prior equivalent student will be issued a certificate of completion of
peace officer basic training.
The number of required hours varies for prior equivalent students. It is therefore impossible to
approximate how much training will be required. Clear documentation of all hours of prior
training will be helpful in making an appropriate determination of equivalency.
OHIO BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING APPLICATION
OPEN ENROLLMENT / COMMISSONED OFFICER
INSTRUCTIONS
The following forms must be completed and returned at the time of your orientation.
Incomplete and /or improperly completed forms will not be accepted resulting in a delay
and or refusal of acceptance to the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training course. All forms
must be legible. All forms shall be completed in print using blue or black ink. NOTE: PLACE
YOUR LEGAL NAME ON ALL FORMS. DO NOT USE YOUR NICKNAME. Example if you go
by “Bob” and your legal name is “Robert”, put “Robert” on all forms.
1.
After reading GUIDELINES FOR BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING COURSE Complete
the “Conduct Agreement” form”
a.
Print your full legal name on the first line.
b.
Read the form
c.
If you agree, Sign the lower portion of the form, insert the date signed, and Print your
legal name.
d.
Print your shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL).
e.
Print your trouser size. (Your real size, not your desired size).
2.
Read the requirements set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC)
for attending the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Course in the Student Handbook.
3.
Please Note on page 4 under Missing Classes or Portions of Classes. The state of Ohio
uses a time frame of 15 minutes or less as being tardy and a student being able to make the
time up on that day with the same instructor at the instructor’s discretion. The Basic Peace
Officer Academy at Southern State Community College limits the time to 10 (ten) minutes. If
a student is 11 (eleven) minutes late that student has to make up 30 minutes with the
original instructor for topic missed on a separate day. Your tuition does not include
instructor’s fees for a missed class or missed portion of a class.
4.
“OPOTC Statement of Understanding” Pages 6-11 of Peace Officer Basic Training Student
Handbook
a.
Read all the statements on the form carefully. Starting with Affirmations on page 6
and ending on page 11 with statement number 7.
b.
Terms you may not be familiar with on the form:
1.
OPOTC: Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, the governing body that
oversees and mandates training and certification requirements for all peace
officers in the State of Ohio. Commission members are appointed by the
Ohio Attorney General Office.
2.
OPOTC SCE: Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission State Certification
Examination. This is the written test given after the successful completion of
a Basic Peace Officer Training Academy Course given by the Ohio Peace
Officer Training Commission at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
A minimum score of 70% is required to be certified by the State of Ohio to
function as a Peace Officer.
OHIO BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING APPLICATION
OPEN ENROLLMENT / COMMISSONED OFFICER
INSTRUCTIONS
5.
STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND VERIFICATION
a.
Carefully read the statement at the top of the form.
b.
If you have a conflict with any of the statements on pages 6 to page 11 explain the
conflict(s) in the space below ADDITIONAL INFLORMATION OR EXPLAINATION. If
additional space is needed or documentation use a paper clip to attach additional
paperwork.
c.
If you agree with the statements and have explained any possible conflicts with any
of the statements complete the bottom of the form,
d.
Print your name legible, sign the form, and date it.
e.
You will need a witness to you signing the form.
6.
Complete the “Student Enrollment/Certification Record” form SF115unv.
a.
Print all the information
b.
Complete all personal information at upper portion of the form
c.
Leave the block for Appointing /Employing Agency blank unless you hold a
commission with a law enforcement agency.
1.
If you hold a commission with a law enforcement agency complete
this block.
2.
A photo copy of your completed original ADM 400 or SF 400 must be
included in your opening paper work.
d.
Complete Race and Education Level
e.
Do not complete the blocks labeled Student Status and OPOTC USE ONLY
7.
“Request for National WEBCHECK” form SF102bas
a.
This form must be taken to a facility able to conduct a nation national WEBCHECK.
Contact the Sheriff’s office of the county you reside in for the office hours they
conduct WEBCHECKs.
b.
Take the form with you to the Sheriff’s Office and complete the section “TO BE
COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT“ in the presence of the WEBCHECK technician.
c.
The WEBCHECK is an electronic criminal history check by scanning your fingerprints
and conducting an electronic search for arrest and or convictions in the State of Ohio
and Federal databases.
d.
The WEBCHECK must be conducted no earlier than 90 days before the first day
of the academy and no later than 28 days before the first day of the academy.
e.
The original form must be returned to the commander at the time of the
interview and physical pre-assessment.
f.
The original form must be completed, including the name of the agency that
conducted the WEBCHECK scan, the Signature of the student and the date the
WEBCHECK was conducted.
g.
A copy of this form (SF102) may be made for record keeping purposes of the
agency that conducts the WEBCHECK.
h.
NOTE: According to OPOTC guidelines, a law enforcement agency approved
by the Attorney General who conducts WEBCHECK for students intending to
attend an Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training course approved by OPOTC is
not permitted to charge a FEE for a BCI or FBI check when that student is
using the SF102 form. An agency may charge an administration free for
processing the SF102 form. Processing fees are commonly less than $15.00.
Do not leave the form at the agency. If the agency is wanting to charge a fee
for BCI check
OHIO BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING APPLICATION
OPEN ENROLLMENT / COMMISSONED OFFICER
INSTRUCTIONS
($35.00) and or a fee for the FBI check ($30.00) ask for a supervisor or walk
away and go to a nearby Sheriff’s Office.
8.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Form SF104unv
a.
Print your name on the line labeled “Name of Student requesting..” upper portion of
form
b.
Read the form carefully.Print your name on student name line (lower portion of the form
c.
After carefully reading the form sign this line to acknowledge you have read and
understand your rights afforded to you by FERPA and any waiver of those rights
stated in this form.
d.
If you are already a student at SSCC please write your student ID on this line. If this
is your first class at SSCC leave this blank and it will be filled in after you are
registered for this course.
e.
Place the date you signed the form
9.
Complete “OPOTC Student Health Data Form” SF114bas
a.
Print your legal name and age at the top of the form
b.
Place a check mark in front of your gender
c.
Place a check mark in front of “Yes” or “No” acknowledging if you have any physical
or psychological limitations or injures that might restrict your full participation in the
physical activities during the academy. If you mark “Yes” explain why.
d.
A medical professional (medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO), physician’s
assistant (PA), or certified nurse practitioner(CNP), licensed by the Ohio State
Medical Board or the Ohio State Board of Nursing, or a neighboring state’s
equivalent, or a medical professional with the US Department of Veterans
Affairs), shall complete the lower portion of the form. (Note: A Chiropractor is
not an acceptable physician according to OPOTC guidelines.)
e.
Verify the medical professional’s name and office address used on the form (This
information may be printed or a label stamp may be used. This information must be
on the form.)
f.
Verify the medical professional’s signature and date of examination is on the form.
g.
Verify the medical professional’s license number and issuing state is on the form.
h.
The medical professional may make a copy of this form for his or her records, the
form with original signatures must be returned to the commander.
10.
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Drug Screen Information SF147bas
a.
Print you legal name on the first line,
b.
Fill in your Date of Birth - Example 01/01/1996.
c.
Read the form carefully.
d.
If you agree, sign and date at the bottom of the form.
e.
Take this form with you when you have your physical by a medical professional. This
form will show your medical professional the type of drug screen to be conducted.
f.
The medical professional may make a copy of this form for his or her records, the
form with original signature must be returned to the commander.
g.
An unaltered copy of the results of the drug screen should be forwarded to the
commander. The unaltered lab report can be emailed to rfithen@sscc.edu or
mailed to Ronald L. Fithen, 1270 US Rte 62 SW, Washington C.H. OH 43160.
OHIO BASIC PEACE OFFICER TRAINING APPLICATION
OPEN ENROLLMENT / COMMISSONED OFFICER
INSTRUCTIONS
11.
The following completed forms must be brought with you to your pre-entrance assessment:
a.
Conduct Agreement
b.
Handbook Acknowledgment and Verification
c.
SF115 unv - Student Enrollment/ Certification Record
d.
SF102 bas - Request for National Webcheck
e.
SF 104 unv - FERPA Consent to Release Student Information
f.
SF114 bas - Student Health Data Forms
g.
SF 147bas Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Drug Screen Information.
The Physical Assessment form is for your information. Each cadet will be required to perform at
or above the 15 percentile level of fitness stated on the form according to his or her gender and
age before being accepted into the basic training course. Physical Fitness testing will be
conducted before the start of the academy on a date, at a time, and at a location approved by the
academy commander. Each cadet must pass all three physical tests at one setting to be
accepted.
During the course, each cadet will be required to perform at or above a pre-determined level of
fitness at pre-termed times that will progress toward the required exit standard by the OPOTC.
The Physical Assessment form (exit requirements) is for your information.
CONDUCT AGREEMENT
I, ____________________________________, have read the Ohio Peace Officer Basic
Print Name
Training Requirements and Options for Attending, Guidelines for the Basic Peace Officer
Training Course, and all related material. I agree to abide by the rules, regulations,
policies, and procedures as set forth by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, Ohio
Peace Officer Training Commission, Southern State Community College, Greenfield
Peace Officers’ Academy, and all other governing bodies affiliated with the Basic Peace
Officer Training Academy. I understand and acknowledge that my failure or lack thereof
to abide by any rule, regulation, policy, and or procedure of the aforementioned bodies
may be just cause for sanctions against me including dismissal from the Basic Peace
Officer Training Academy and or being declared unfit for any testing conducted by the
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
My shirt size is ________________________________.
Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2x, 3x, 4x.
My pants size is _______________ inseam (whole numbers only)
_______________ waist (Male) (even numbers only)
________________ size (Female) (even numbers only)
_______________________________ _________________
Student Signature Date
_______________________________
Name Printed
_______________________________ _________________
Received by Date
Peace Officer Basic Training
Student Handbook
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
1650 State Route 56, SW P.O. Box 309 London, Ohio 43140
Phone: 800-346-7682
Effective 1/1/2019
Letter from the Executive Director
Welcome to Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training. You have made a commitment to serve your
fellow Ohioans and we thank you for that commitment. I hope that these next few months
will be both enjoyable and beneficial to you. You will make life-long friends, learn skills, and
obtain knowledge that will enable you to serve and protect Ohio’s citizens, your brother and
sister officers, and yourself.
This handbook will provide you with some of the basic information you will need as you go
through your academy. For more specific information, check with your commander. It also
includes some requirements that are time sensitive.
Thank you for taking the first step towards public service as a peace officer. I wish you the
best of luck pursuing your calling into this noble profession.
Mary E. Davis, Executive Director
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission/Academy
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Things to Know
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) consists of ten members appointed by
the governor with the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate. Members serve three-year
terms. The Commission issues recommendations to the Attorney General about matters
pertaining to law enforcement training, approves OPOTC curriculum, certifies individuals for
numerous Ohio law enforcement professions, and establishes annual continuing
professional training (CPT) requirements for peace officers and troopers.
The day-to-day work of the OPOTC is done by the Executive Director and staff members. The
staff members you may encounter include compliance officers and certification officers.
Compliance officers are the Commission’s eyes and ears at each training academy. They
communicate regularly with commanders and instructors to ensure that academies comply
with the standards required by the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Administrative Code, and
the OPOTC.
Certification officers verify that instructors and commanders have the prerequisites, training,
and experience needed to instruct in or command an academy.
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) and the OPOTC are two different entities
but are often confused. The Commission established the Academy which includes two
campuses in London and one in Richfield. The Academy provides advanced training courses
to those who are already certified officers. They offer operator-level and instructor-level
courses. OPOTA generally does not teach or develop basic training.
Your Academy
Your academy is administered by your commander. You can think of a commander as
similar to a principal of a school. The commander chooses instructors, schedules course
topics and locations, and ensures that the instructors have the tools needed to teach their
topics. Commanders and instructors must all be approved and certified by the OPOTC.
Academy Requirements
The minimum hours required by the Commission must be taught by your academy, but
additional required hours can be added by your academy.
To enter your academy, you must successfully complete a drug screen, pass a criminal
background check, and meet certain minimum standards based on a physical fitness
assessment that includes sit-ups, pushups, and a 1.5 mile run.
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To be eligible for OPOTC certification as a peace officer, you 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.
Missing Class Topics or Portions of Class Topics
There may come a time when you miss a class topic or a portion of a topic. As all hours are
mandatory, sign-in and sign-out sheets are very important, and the times must be
documented to the minute. If you are tardy to class, the time must be made up. If that time
missed is 15 minutes or less, that specific time can be made up at the end of the class day
with the original instructor, if that instructor is available and willing to do so.
If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will have to make up class time at a later time, in
30-minute increments. As your academy has hired instructors to teach during the core
hours of the course, it is not unusual for an academy to bill you for the additional instructor
time required to conduct a make-up session.
There may be times when, due to illness, injury, or personal conflicts, one or more days of
class will be missed. Due to the way the curriculum is developed and the order in which it’s
presented, those topic hours missed must be made up within 14 days of the date you return
to class. If they are not, then starting on that 15
th
day, you are not permitted to attend any
other academy topics until the missed topics are completed.
If you are going to be absent for an extended amount of time, you must contact the
commander for information about obtaining an extension. Extensions are available for
military and medical purposes. All extension make-ups and assessments must occur within
one year of the date the academy began.
Appointed Students and Open Enrollment Students
Some students are appointed by a peace officer agency prior to completing their academy
and becoming certified. These students possess peace officer powers, in their jurisdictions,
as soon as they pass the SCE and are issued an Ohio peace officer training certificate.
Other students complete their academy successfully but have not yet received their first
peace officer appointment. These students are known as “open enrollment students.” They
do not initially receive an Ohio peace officer training certificate. Instead, they receive a
letter of completion. Once they are appointed by a peace officer agency, they are issued a
training certificate (subject to any additional required training that has been mandated in
the interim) and they then possess peace officer powers in their jurisdiction. Simplified,
peace officer certification requires both completion of training and an agency appointment.
If an open enrollment student obtains an appointment after one year of successfully passing
the SCE, the student must take a refresher course and pass a refresher exam before gaining
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certification. If an open enrollment student does not get an appointment with two years of
successfully passing the SCE, the student must repeat peace officer basic training.
If during the academy your appointment status should change from open enrollment to
appointed, or from appointed to open enrollment, you must notify the commander
immediately.
Things to Do
Required Forms
The following forms are attached and must be completed and returned to your commander
immediately. Any delay in completing and returning these forms may result in a denial of
your request to attend the academy.
Student Handbook Acknowledgement and Verification
SF115unv – Student Enrollment/Certification Record
SF102bas – Request for National WebCheck
SF104unv – FERPA Consent to Release Student Information
SF114bas – Student Health Data
Affirmations
Below are a number of questions and acknowledgments that you must review and answer.
If there is any statement you are not able to answer affirmatively, please explain in detail on
the Student Acknowledgment and Verification form at the end of this handbook. If you are
in doubt as to any of these matters or have questions on how to answer, please consult with
your commander.
A. Statement of understanding.
I have never plead to or been convicted of a criminal offense or been adjudicated for
a juvenile offense in any jurisdiction. (When reviewing this acknowledgment, please
acknowledge all matters, even those that have been sealed or expunged).
If you have plead, and so are not able to answer affirmatively, then on the last page
of this handbook list the court that was involved, and the underlying crime to which
you plead, were convicted, or were adjudicated delinquent.
Also, if the crime involved has, as an element of that crime, the use or attempted use
of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, also list whether the
victim was a stranger, present or former spouse, household member, child, other
family member, or if other, please describe.
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1. I am not a fugitive from justice, and I do not have criminal charges pending
against me in any jurisdiction.
2. I am not drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic.
3. I have never been adjudicated by any court for mental incompetence, been
adjudicated by a court as a mental defective, been committed by a court to a
mental institution, been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to
hospitalization by court order, or been an involuntary mental patient other than
one who was only a patient for observation.
4. I am not an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States.
5. I have never been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable
conditions.
6. I have never renounced my United States citizenship.
7. I am not under a court order that restrains me from harassing, stalking, or
threatening an intimate partner or the child of such partner, or engaging in other
conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to
the partner or child.
8. I currently possess a valid driver’s license and have driving privileges in the State
of Ohio.
9. I have been awarded and possess a high school diploma or a certificate of high
school equivalency.
If you possess a certificate of high school equivalency, please provide a detailed
explanation on the last page of this handbook.
10.I understand that if I provide false information on this form I may be discharged
from this academy and may be charged with a crime.
11.I understand that if a criminal or delinquency charge is filed against me while I am
a student of this academy, I must report it to the commander immediately, and I
may be suspended from this school until the case is complete. Depending on the
resolution at that time, I may be ineligible to attend the academy.
12.I grant the OPOTC consent to disclose to the commander any information
regarding any and all of my criminal or delinquency history information that might
impact my ability to participate as a student in an OPOTC-approved academy.
Likewise, I grant the commander consent to disclose the same information to the
OPOTC.
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13.The OPOTC is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which all
individuals are treated with respect and dignity, free from any type of
discrimination or harassment, and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment
in an OPOTC program, whether committed by a student, an instructor, a
commander, or another associated with the program. I understand that I must
report incidences of discrimination or harassment to my commander and/or an
OPOTC compliance officer, whether that behavior involves a student, an
instructor, or another associated with the program. If the behavior involves a
commander, I must report incidences of suspected discrimination or harassment
to the academy organization’s senior management and the OPOTC compliance
officer. If a student has engaged in discrimination or harassment, the student
may be suspended or expelled from the OPOTC program.
14.I understand that to be eligible to take the OPOTC SCE, I must have 100%
attendance in every hour of every topic. If I have an excused absence for any
topics hours, it is my obligation to make arrangements with the commander to
make up the missed topic hours within 14 days of the date I return to class,
unless excused by way of a medical or military extension. If the make-ups do not
occur within this time frame, I cannot attend other academy topics until all make-
ups have been completed. If I complete make-up hours in another academy, I
must attend the entire block of instruction for that topic. I understand that the
commander may set stricter requirements than the OPOTC minimum standards.
15.To be eligible to take the OPOTC SCE, I must maintain a notebook during the
OPOTC course and that notebook must be deemed satisfactory by the
commander. The notebook shall contain appropriate entries of pertinent material
covered during the classroom sessions of the course. I must submit this notebook
to the commander for inspection at the conclusion of the program or other times
the commander sees fit. It will be evaluated by the commander on, at a
minimum, its sufficiency of course content, organization, and appropriateness of
material, regularity of entries, neatness, accuracy, and legibility.
16.To be eligible to take the OPOTC SCE, I must first demonstrate to the satisfaction
of my instructors and commander the requisite proficiencies in each skill-based
SPO and final physical fitness assessment. I then must pass the written OPOTC
SCE with a score of at least 70%. I understand I will have two attempts to pass
each skill-based SPO, physical fitness assessment, and state certification exam.
17.I will not disclose any information concerning specific questions on the OPOTC
state certification examination.
18. If I request any special accommodations (such as those relating to
learning/reading disabilities, dyslexia, etc.) for the SCE, then at least 45 days
before the last day of OPOTC topics, my commander must submit written
documentation supporting my request to the OPOTC. I understand that if this
request and documentation is not submitted by that time, I may be prevented
from receiving an accommodation.
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B. Medical issues, physical assessments, and waiver of liability & indemnity agreement.
1. I understand that some risks, hazards, or dangers are inherent in the nature of
the training and cannot be eliminated or reduced, including those that can cause
physical or emotional injury, disability, or death. I understand and agree that I am
participating in this training course at my own risk.
I understand that the training involves a degree of physical exercise and physical
contact, which involves a risk of injury to me.
I understand that I will have to endure some degree of discomfort or pain during
the application, instruction, or demonstration of certain techniques and/or
certain training sessions.
2. I have received a medical examination and medical approval signed by a medical
doctor (MD), osteopath (DO), physician’s assistant (PA), or certified nurse
practitioner (CNP) licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board, the Ohio State Board
of Nursing, a neighboring state’s equivalent, or a medical professional with the US
Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
3. If I have a medical or other condition and have been medically cleared to
participate in the training, I understand that participation may exacerbate the
condition.
4. If I develop or am diagnosed with any such illness, injury, condition, disability, or
condition during the course of the training program, I shall promptly notify my
commander, instructors, and school personnel and resubmit to a medical
examination and obtain approval from a medical provider acceptable to OPOTC in
order to continue to participate in training.
5. I am in good physical and mental health, I agree to abide by the course safety
rules and instructions given by the instructors, and I agree that to receive a letter
of completion or a peace officer training certificate for this training I must pass all
applicable tests and test components, including but not limited to sit-ups, push-
ups, and a 1.5 mile run.
6. I have been informed by the commander of the physical fitness requirements for
my age and sex, and I understand that I must meet these requirements in each
component of a physical assessment, which will be held within the last 80 hours
of scheduled OPOTC topics. I further understand that I will be given two
opportunities to meet those requirements. I understand that if I fail any
requirement during my first attempt, I must meet the requirements for all three
events during the second attempt. I understand that an unexcused absence from
an assessment constitutes a failure of the OPOTC physical fitness assessment. It
is my obligation to notify my commander before a scheduled assessment, if I
suffer any illness, injury, or condition, which might preclude my participation in
the assessment. I understand that if I suffer illness or injury during an attempt,
the attempt will be counted as a failure.
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If I wish to request an extension of time for an assessment for medical reasons, I
understand that I must give the commander a written excuse, signed by a
medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO), physician’s assistant (PA), certified nurse
practitioner (CNP) licensed in Ohio, on a form prescribed by the OPOTC. If I am
granted an extension of time to complete the assessment I will receive a letter
from the OPOTC Executive Director notifying me of the extension, and a deadline
date for when I must complete the physical assessment, I must complete the
make-up assessment and re-test (if necessary) before my extension expires, and
it must be completed at the OPOTA, in London.
7. I understand that OPOTC provides class curriculum and assumes no responsibility
other than the opportunity to learn under supervision, and as such I waive any
and all claims that I may have against OPOTC, the Attorney General’s Office, the
State of Ohio, and its employees and agents, including but not limited to any and
all liability claims or demands for personal injury, sickness, or death, as well as
property damages and expenses, of any nature whatsoever which may be
incurred while participating in the above referenced program or in any medical
procedure arising out of or related to my participation in such program, including
but not limited to any training conducted at the OPOTC approved school and at
any and all state training locations from any cause whatsoever, including any
claims or demands based upon negligence. I release OPOTC, the Attorney
General’s Office, the State of Ohio, and its employees and agents, from any and
all liability, and I further agree to indemnify the OPOTC, the Attorney General’s
Office, the State of Ohio, and its employees and agents, from any loss, liability,
damage, or cost, including reasonable attorney’s fees, that may occur due to my
participation in the above referenced program or in any medical procedure arising
out of or related to my participation in such program, whether or not such loss,
liability, damage, or cost results from the negligence or other action, except
intentional acts. I understand and intend that this release of liability shall be
effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin executors, administrators and
assigns in the event of my death.
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C. Authorization for use or disclosure of drug screen information.
1. I consent to submit to a drug screen and to furnish a sample of my urine for
analysis to a testing facility designated by the commander in order to be eligible
to attend peace officer basic training.
2. I authorize and give full permission to have the laboratory or other testing facility
to release any and all documentation relating to such screen to the above listed
commander or designee. I further agree to and hereby authorize the release of
the results of said tests to the commander, their designee, or the OPOTC.
3. I understand that my sample will be screened for the following substances and
concentrations:
Initial test analyte
Initial test cutoff
concentration Confirmatory test analyte
Confirmatory test
cutoff concentration
Marijuana metabolites 50 ng/mL THCA 15 ng/mL
Cocaine metabolites 150 ng/mL Benzoylecgonine 100 ng/mL
Codeine/Morphine 2,000 ng/mL
Codeine
Morphine
2,000 ng/mL
2,000 ng/mL
Hydrocodone/Hydromorphone 300 ng/ml
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
100 ng/ml
100 ng/ml
Oxycodone/Oxymorphone 100 ng/ml
Oxycodone
Oxymorphone
100 ng/ml
100 ng/ml
6-Acetylmorphine 10 ng/mL 6-Acetylmorphine 10 ng/mL
Phencyclidine 25 ng/mL Phencyclidine 25 ng/mL
Amphetamine/Methamphetamine
500 ng/mL
Amphetamine
Methamphetamine
250 ng/mL
250 ng/mL
MDMA/MDA 500 ng/ml
MDMA
MDA
250 ng/ml
250 ng/ml
4. I understand that a positive result, refusal to authorize the screens by signing this
form, failure to take the specified screens, or failure to produce a specimen may
preclude me from attending this academy.
5. I understand that I must provide proof within 72 hours of a positive test that I am
taking a controlled substance as directed pursuant to a lawful prescription issued
in my name if that substance causes a positive result.
6. I understand that the OPOTC approved school is not a covered entity and is not
subject to the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). I understand that there is a potential that
information disclosed to the OPOTC approved school may be subjected to
redisclosure by the OPOTC approved school, and not protected from such
redisclosure by federal law or federal rule.
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7. I understand that I may revoke this authorization in writing submitted at any time
to the OPOTC approved school except to the extent that action has been taken in
reliance on this authorization. If this authorization has not been revoked, it will
terminate two years from the date of my signature.
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_____________________________________ ____________ _________________________________________ _____________________
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
740-845-2700
800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, Ohio 43140
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Student Enrollment/Certification Record
Student information:
Name: ___________________________ ___________________________ _____________________ Alias: ________________________
Last First Middle
Home Address: __________________________________ _____________________ ___________________ _________ _____________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
No./Street and/or P.O. Box City County Name State Zip
Phone Number: ______-______-_____________ Male Female DOB: _________________ SSN (Last 5): _______________
Email:
Operator’s License Number: ______________________________ State: __________ Expiration Date: _________________________
Complete if applicable & attach SF400 Notice of Appointment:
Appointing/Employing Agency___________________________________________________ Agency County____________________
Agency email _____________________________ Date of appointment/employment ___________ Position/Title
____________________
Race:
_____ American Indian/Alaska Native _____ Asian _____ Black/African American _____ Hispanic/Latino
_____ Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander _____ White _____ Other
Education: High School Diploma GED
Student Status:
Peace Officer
_____ Basic Training _____ Refresher _____ Prior- Equivalent
Private Security
_____ Academic _____ Revolver _____ Shotgun _____ Semi Auto Pistol _____ REQ
Full-Service Facility
_____Correction Officer _____ Prior Equivalent
Jailer
_____ 12-Day Facility _____ 12-Hour Facility
Court Officer
_____ Basic Training
Commander’s Signature Date School Name School Number
OPOTC use only
Private Security Requal Due Date: _____________________
Approved DNC Open Enrollment
Approval Date: _____________________ Exam Date: _____________________
Certification Officer’s Initials: _____________________ Last Date of Class: _____________________
Certificate Number: _____________________ Date Certificate Issued: _____________________
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____________
Student Handbook Acknowledgement and Verification
My signature below indicates I have received, read, and agree to abide by the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio
Administrative Code, the Peace Officer Basic Training Student Handbook, and the above-listed forms, and that
if any of the information contained in the Handbook needs additional information or explanation, that
information or explanation is detailed below.
Additional Information or Explanation:
(Attach additional documentation if needed).
___________________________________ ____________________________
Student’s Name (please print) Student’s Signature
___________________________________ ____________________________
Witness Name (please print) Witness Signature
___________________________________ _________________
School Name School Number
Date
Date
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Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
740-845-2700
800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, Ohio 43140
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Southern State Community College/GPOA
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Office 800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, OH 43140
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REQUEST FOR NATIONAL WEBCHECK
®
All information must be typed or printed.
This completed form is to be returned to the commander by the student.
INSTRUCTIONS TO NATIONAL WEBCHECK
®
FACILITY
Transaction Type is both BCI and FBI.
Reason Fingerprinted is “Law Enforcement Employment” or “Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice” for BCI
and “Law” for FBI.
This is a Direct Copy transaction to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). No address needs entered.
TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENT
I am scheduled to attend an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission-approved Program to be held at:
beginning on .
(AcademyName) (Date)
As part of the enrollment process, the OPOTC requires that I have a criminal record background check conducted within 90 days of
the above date by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Identification (FBI). Therefore, I am
requesting a National WebCheck
®
, 10-digit, for law enforcement purposes.
Name:
(Last) (First) (MiddleName)
Previous Name(s) or Alias:
Date ofBirth:
Address (including P.O. Box, if applicable):
City: State:
Social Security Number:
ZipCode:
Name of Fingerprinting Agency:
Signature of Person Being Fingerprinted: Date Fingerprinted:
SFI02bas
Effective 07/01/2015
Southern State Community College/Greenfield Peace Officer Academy
August 14, 2019
________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Office 800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, OH 43140
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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)
CONSENT TO RELEASE STUDENT INFORMATION
TO ADMINISTRATOR(S) AND/OR STAFF OF:
(College, University, or Career Center that will release the educational records)
Please provide information from the educational records of:
(Name of Student requesting the release of educational records)
to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).
The information to be released under this consent includes any requested records, other than
medical records held solely by Student Health Services or the Counseling Center. The
information is to be released for the purpose of Ohio Peace Officer Commission oversight of,
and communication regarding training programs related to Ohio Administrative Code Chapters
109:2-1 through 109:2-18.
I understand the information may be released orally or in the form of copies of written records,
photographs, videos, electronic documents, or otherwise, as preferred by the requester. I have a
right to inspect any written records released pursuant to this Consent. I understand I may revoke
this Consent upon providing written notice to the Commander of the OPOTC-approved school
with which I am or was associated and/or enrolled. I further understand that until this revocation
is made, this consent shall remain in effect and my educational records will continue to be
provided to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for the purposes described above.
Student Name (print) ________________________________
(Name of parent/legal guardian, if student is a minor)
Signature _________________________________
(Signature of parent/legal guardian, if student is a minor)
Student ID Number _________________________
Date _____________________________________
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Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Office 800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, OH 43140
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Student Health Data
Name: ________________________ ________________________ __________________ Age:______ Sex: Male
____ Female____
Last First Middle
School Name: ______________________________________________________________ School Number: _______________________________
Commander Name: ______________________________________ Commander Email: _________________________________________________
Do you have any physical or psychological limitations/injuries that might in any way restrict your full participation in physical activities during
training?
____ Yes ____ No If yes, please describe: ______________________________________________________________________________
Student’s Signature
Date
This section to be completed by medical professional (medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO), physician’s assistant (PA), or certified nurse
practitioner (CNP), licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board or the Ohio State Board of Nursing, or a neighboring state’s equivalent, or a
medical professional with the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs.):
This physical examination should ascertain any conditions which may preclude the
student’s ability to participate in, or which may be aggravated by, strenuous physical exercise. As a part of peace officer basic training, the student will engage in
calisthenics, running, jumping, wrestling, unarmed self-defense, firearms, driving and other physically demanding exercises.
Height: _____ feet ______ inches Weight: _______ pounds Resting Pulse Rate: ______ beats per minute Blood Pressure: _____/ ______
Does the patient have a medical history of, or presently demonstrate symptoms of, any of the following?
Yes No
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1. Uncorrected visual deficiency
2. Major impairment of the senses
3. Asthma or Breathing difficulties
4. Heart attack; Angina Pectoris
5. Stroke
6. Hemorrhage
7. Hypertension
8. Allergies _____________________
Yes No
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9. Dizziness/Fainting
10. Back/Neck injury or recurrent pain
11. Pregnancy
12. Communicable diseases
13. Amputation/Prosthetic devices
14. Bone/joint injury or recurrent pain
15. Taking medication
16. Under physician’s continuing care
Please note any other condition(s) not listed above which may affect the student’s participation. Also please explain each “Yes” response above, indicating the item
number:
As a result of my physical examination, I have determined that the student can, without limitation, safely function in all phases of strenuous physical training
including, but not limited to, calisthenics, running, jumping, wrestling, unarmed self-defense, firearms, driving and a physical fitness assessment consisting of
sit-ups, push-ups, and a timed 1.5 mile run.
Signature of Medical Professional
License Number Issuing State
Address
City, State, Zip
Printed/Typed Name with Title (MD, DO, PA or CNP)
Phone Number
Date of Examination
*Please give completed form back to the student to return to the
commander or send to the above noted commander’s email
address.
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BAS19 -
Ronald L. Fithen
rfithen@sscc.edu
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Office 800-346-7682
Fax 740-845-2675
P.O. Box 309
London, OH 43140
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Drug Screen Information
Applicant’s Name: ______________________________________________________________
Applicant’s Date of Birth: ______________________________________________________________
Commander: ______________________________________________________________
Commander’s Address: ______________________________________________________________
I hereby consent to submit to a drug screen and to furnish a sample of my urine for analysis to a testing facility designated by
the commander in order to be eligible to attend peace officer basic training.
I further authorize and give full permission to have the laboratory or other testing facility release any and all documentation
relating to such screen to the above listed commander or designee. I further agree to and hereby authorize the release of the
results of said tests to the commander, their designee, or the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).
I understand that my sample will be screened for the following substances and concentrations:
Initial test analyte
Initial test cutoff
concentration
Confirmatory test analyte
Confirmatory test cutoff
concentration
Marijuana metabolites
50 ng/mL
THCA
15 ng/mL
Cocaine metabolites
150 ng/mL
Benzoylecgonine
100 ng/mL
Codeine/Morphine
2,000 ng/mL
Codeine
Morphine
2,000 ng/mL
2,000ng/mL
Hydrocodone/Hydromorphone
300 ng/ml
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
100 ng/ml
100 ng/ml
Oxycodone/Oxymorphone
100 ng/ml
Oxycodone
Oxymorphone
100 ng/ml
100 ng/ml
6-Acetylmorphine
10 ng/mL
6-Acetylmorphine
10 ng/mL
Phencyclidine
25 ng/mL
Phencyclidine
25 ng/mL
Amphetamine/Methamphetamine
500 ng/mL
Amphetamine
Methamphetamine
250 ng/mL
250 ng/mL
MDMA/MDA
500 ng/ml
MDMA
MDA
250 ng/ml
250 ng/ml
I understand that a positive test result, refusal to authorize the tests by signing this form, refusing to take the specified test(s),
or failure to produce a specimen, may preclude me from attending this academy.
I understand that I must provide proof within 72 hours that I am taking a controlled substance as directed pursuant to a lawful
prescription issued in my name if that substance causes a positive result.
I understand that the OPOTC certified school is not a covered entity and is not subject to the privacy requirements of the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). I understand that there is a potential that information disclosed to
the OPOTC certified school may be subjected to redisclosure by the OPOTC certified school, and not protected from such
redisclosure by federal law or federal rule.
I understand that I may revoke this authorization in writing submitted at any time to the OPOTC certified school except to the
extent that action has been taken in reliance on this authorization. If this authorization has not been revoked, it will terminate
two years from the date of my signature.
I have carefully read the foregoing and fully understand its contents. I acknowledge that my signing of this consent and release
form is a voluntary act and that I have not been coerced into signing this document.
Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ___________________
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Ronald L. Fithen
1270 US RTE 62 SW, Washington CH, OH 43160
OHIO PEACE OFFICER
TRAINING COMMISSION
Guidance for Commanders
Weapons Disabilities and
Disqualifying Offenses
12/21/2017
Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Office 740-845-2700
Fax 800-346-7682
P.O. Box 309
London, Ohio 43140
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ww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
Introduction
The Ohio P
eace Officer Training Commission (“OPOTC” or the “Commission”) is responsible for basic training
firearms programs (e.g., peace officer basic training). Applicants with a weapons disability are prohibited from
attending firearms training, and the Commission will not issue certificates of completion for firearms training to
students with weapons disabilities. The Commission also recently added a number of offenses that would
disqualify an applicant from attending peace officer basic training. This guide will explain state and federal
weapons disability laws along with the new peace officer basic training disqualifying offenses. It will also provide
guidance on what an applicant should do if he/she is subject to a weapons disability or has a disqualifying
offense on record.
State Weapons Disabilities
Ohio Revised Code (“R.C.”) Section 2923.13 creates a state weapons disability for anyo
ne who:
(1) is a fugitive from justice;
(2) is under indictment for or has been convicted of any felony offense of violence;
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(3) has been adjudicated a
delinquent child for the commission of an offense that, if committed by an
adult, would have been a felony offense of violence;
(4) is under indictment for or has been convicted of any felony offense involving the illegal possession,
use, sale, administration, distribution, or trafficking
in any drug of abuse;
(5) has been ad
judicated a delinquent child for the commission of an offense
that, if committed by an
adult, would have been a felony offense involving the illegal possession, use, sale, administration,
distribution, or trafficking in any drug of abuse;
(6) is drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic; or
(7) is under adjudication of mental incompetence, has been adjudicated as a mental defective, has
bee
n committed to a mental institution, has been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject
to hospitalization by court order,
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or is an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for
purposes of observation.
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State weapon
s disabilities can only be relieved by court order or by an unconditional pardon from the Governor.
The procedures and effect are quite different, and are summarized as follows:
Court Order:
Depending on the type of state weapons disability, an
applicant has different options for relief. If an
applicant has a conviction or adjudication that can be sealed
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pursuant to R.C. 2953.32 or 2151.356,
he/she may apply to the sentencing court to have the record sealed. The court may hold a hearing to
determine if the record should be sealed.
In cases where a state weapons disability stems from an offense that cannot be sealed or is not sealed
by a court, as well as disabilities not caused by an indictment, conviction, or adjudication of a felony
offense of violence or felony drug offense under R.C. 2923.13(A)(2) or (3), relief from the disability may
be sought pursuant to R.C. 2923.14. To seek relief of a disability pursuant to R.C. 2923.14, a person
must apply to the court of common pleas in the county in which he/she resides at the time of
application. This is true even if the weapons disability resulted from adjudication as a delinquent child in
juvenile court.
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The court will then conduct a hearing to determine whether the disability shall be lifted.
As an example, suppose a student’s criminal background check reveals a prior conviction for felony drug
possession under R.C. 2925.11 in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, but the student now
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R.C. 2901.01(A)(9)
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R.C. 5122.01(B)
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R.C. 2923.13(A)(5)
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See R.C. 2953.36 for lists of offenses that cannot be sealed.
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R.C. 2923.13(A)(2) and (3) (imposing the weapons disability specifically on juveniles adjudicated as delinquent children on violent felony or felony drug
charges) and R.C. 2923.14(A) (providing that “any person” subject to a weapons disability may petition the common pleas court in that person’s county of
residence).
resides in Hamilton County. The student is prohibited from acquiring, having, carrying, or using a firearm
as provided in R.C. 2923.13(A)(3). The OPOTC would notify the student and the commander that an
apparent weapons disability exists, which the student must resolve prior to participating in any portion of
firearms training. The student would either apply to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to seal the
conviction pursuant to R.C. 2953.32 or to the common pleas court in his or her county of residence, in
this case Hamilton County, and request a court order to remove the disability pursuant to R.C. 2923.14.
After the hearing, if the court grants the student’s request, the student would forward a copy of the
court’s journal entry to the OPOTC. The Commission would then issue a letter to the student and
commander indicating that the apparent weapons disability had been resolved, permitting the student to
participate in firearms training.
The removal of a weapons disability pursuant to R.C. 2923.14 will have no effect on the underlying
conviction or adjudication. A student may, at his or her option, seek to have the record of conviction
sealed pursuant to R.C. 2953.32 (or R.C. 2151.356, if it was a juvenile court adjudication). The sealing
of the record does not remove the student’s conviction or adjudication; it merely prohibits the general
public from being able to view it. Accordingly, law enforcement agencies acting as prospective
employees and the OPOTC will still have access to the record of conviction.
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Be aware that if a student
desires to enroll in peace officer basic training and has a felony conviction, R.C. 109.77(E)(3) prohibits
the student from being awarded a peace officer basic training certificate. This is true even if the record
of conviction has been sealed.
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In such case, the student’s only recourse is to seek an unconditional
pardon from the Governor.
Governor’s Pardon:
Section 11,
Article III of the Ohio Constitution gives the Governor of Ohio the authority to grant pardons.
“An unconditional pardon relieves the person to whom it is granted of all disabilities
arising out of the conviction or convi
c
tions from which it is granted.”
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Thus, an unconditional pardon will
not only relieve a state weapons disability, it removes all consequences of the underlying conviction. As
previously indicated, R.C. 109.77(E)(3) disqualifies a student who has a felony conviction from becoming
a peace officer; an unconditional pardon is necessary to remove this disqualification.
If a criminal background check of a student intending to enroll in peace officer basic training reveals a
prior conviction for Felonious Assault under R.C. 2903.11, which is a felony offense of violence as
defined in R.C. 2901.01(A)(9), that student would have both a state and federal weapons disability (see
Federal Weapons Disabilities). Pursuant to R.C. 2953.36(A)(3), the student would not be able to get the
offense sealed, but could apply to the common pleas court in his or her county of residence to remove
the state weapons disability pursuant to R.C. 2923.14. However, R.C. 109.77(E)(3) would still disqualify
the student, as a convicted felon, from obtaining a peace officer basic training certificate. Thus, to be
eligible for training, the student would have to obtain an unconditional pardon from the Governor, which
would also resolve the state weapons disability. Upon receiving a copy of the Governor’s warrant, the
Commission would notify the student and commander that the state weapons disability and/or
disqualifying felony conviction had been resolved, permitting the student to enroll in basic training.
Federal Weapons Disabilities
Sect
ion 922(g), Title 18, of the United States Code (“U.S.C.”) creates a federal weapons disability for anyone
who:
(1) is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonme
nt
for a term exceeding one year;
(2) is a fugitive f
r
om justice;
(3) is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
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R.C. 2953.32(D)
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In re Forster, 161 Ohio App.3d 627, 2005-Ohio-3094 (holding that where an agency is specifically authorized by R.C. 2953.32(D) to inspect a sealed
conviction, the agency may consider the conviction in performing its lawful functions).
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R.C. 2967.04(B)
(4) has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
(5) being an alien, is illegally or unlawfully in the United States;
(6) has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
(7) having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship;
(8) is subject to a court order restraining such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an
intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other
conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or
child; or
(9) has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
In many respects, federal weapons disabilities are very similar to Ohio’s. Perhaps the most significant difference
is that federal law imposes a weapons disability for misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, which are
defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(33). This section defines a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction as a
conviction for an offense that is (1) “a misdemeanor under federal or state law” and (2) “has, as an element, the
use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or
former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by
a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a
person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.” As a general rule, relief from federal
weapons disabilities can be sought from the United States Attorney General pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 925(c).
However, in cases of a state misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, the federal statutory definition of
“misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” excludes any conviction that “has been expunged or set aside, or is
an offense for which the person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored.”
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In other words, an order
from an Ohio court sealing the record of conviction pursuant to R.C. 2953.32, while it does not technically
“relieve” the federal disability [which only the United States Attorney General can do pursuant to 18 U.S.C.
925(c)], does exclude the domestic violence conviction from being considered as a “conviction” that would
trigger a federal weapons disability. Similarly, conviction of a “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term
exceeding one year” (i.e. a felony conviction in Ohio) does not count as a “conviction” if it has been “expunged,
or set aside or [if the] person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored.”
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Thus, in effect, a sealing or
expungement from an Ohio state court does remove the federal domestic violence and felony conviction
weapons disabilities. Alternatively, an unconditional pardon yields the same result.
A student’s prior conviction for misdemeanor Domestic Violence under R.C. 2919.25 would be an example of a
federal weapons disability. Such a conviction does not create a state weapons disability under R.C. 2923.13.
However, a federal weapons disability is imposed by 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9). The student would need to petition the
court in which he or she was convicted of the domestic violence offense for an order sealing the record of
conviction pursuant to R.C. 2953.32. Such an order would exclude the conviction from the federal statutory
definition of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and the federal weapons disability would no longer
apply. The student would need to forward a copy of the court’s order sealing the record of conviction to the
OPOTC. The Commission would then notify the student and commander that the disability had been resolved.
As an alternative to the sealing under R.C. 2953.32, the student could petition the Governor for an
unconditional pardon.
Juvenile Adjudications
Under Ohio
law, an adjudication of delinquency by a juvenile court is not considered to be a “conviction” of a
criminal offense.
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In cases where juvenile adjudications are to be treated the same as criminal convictions, the
General Assembly has specified that the particular statute applies to both persons who have been convicted of a
particular criminal offense, and to persons who have been adjudicated as a delinquent child for the commission
of acts that would constitute that particular offense. For example, the “felony offense of violence” state
weapons disability imposed by R.C. 2923.13(A)(2) is specifically made applicable to persons who have been
adjudicated a delinquent child for the commission of an offense that, if committed by an adult, would have been
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18 U.S.C. 921(a)(33)(B)(ii)
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18 U.S.C. 921(a)(20)
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R.C. 2151.357(H)
a felony offense of violence.
As an example of how juvenile adjudications can sometimes apply, suppose a student intending to enroll in
peace officer basic training had previously been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for having committed
an act that would constitute Felonious Assault under R.C. 2903.13. R.C. 2923.13(A)(2) imposes a state
weapons disability since that subsection specifically applies to juvenile adjudications, and Felonious Assault is a
felony offense of violence under R.C. 2901.01(A)(9). However, in this case, there is no federal weapons
disability imposed by virtue of a conviction of acrime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one
year.” Rather, 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(20) states that “[w]hat constitutes a conviction of such a crime shall be
determined in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction in which the proceedings were held.” In other words,
since, under Ohio law, a juvenile adjudication is not considered a criminal conviction, the federal weapons
disability does not apply. Similarly, R.C. 109.77(E)(3) does not disqualify the student for having a felony
adjudication, since that statute is not expressly made applicable to juvenile court adjudications. Thus, the
OPOTC would notify the student and commander of the apparent state weapons disability. The student would
need to petition the common pleas court in his or her county of residence pursuant to R.C. 2923.14 to remove
the weapons disability or get the offense sealed in juvenile court. Once obtained, a copy of the court’s journal
entry would need to be forwarded to the OPOTC, and the Commission would, in turn, notify the student and
school commander that the disability had been resolved.
As another example, a student’s juvenile adjudication was for a misdemeanor domestic violence violation. In
this case, there would be no state weapons disability, since Ohio law does not impose a disability for a domestic
violence conviction, even if committed by an adult. Moreover, there would be no federal weapons disability,
since under Ohio law, the juvenile adjudication is not a criminal conviction. Thus, the student would be
permitted to participate in firearms training.
Peace Officer Basic Training Disqualifying Offenses
Pursuant t
o Ohio Administrative Code section 109:2-1-03(C), an applicant cannot attend peace officer basic
training if any of the following apply:
(1) the person is subject to a weapons disability;
(2) the person is under indictment, has pleaded guilty to, or been convicted of a felony;
(3) the person is currently registering as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender;
(4) the person is under indictment or otherwise charged with an offense that involves the illegal
possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug
of abuse;
(5) the person is under indictment or otherwise charged with a misdemeanor offense of violence;
(6) the person is under indictment or otherwise charged with a violation of section 2903.14 of the
Revis
ed Code
;
(7) within three years of applying to attend training, the person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty
to an offense that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or
trafficking in a drug of abuse; or has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense
of violence;
(8) within three years of applying to attend training, the person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty
to an offense under Chapter 2913. of the Revised Code or a municipal ordinance that is
substantially similar to an offense under Chapter 2913. of the Revised Code.
Other than numbers (1) and (3) above, none of these disqualifiers would apply to applicants who committed
offenses as juveniles and were adjudicated delinquent for those offenses. Juvenile adjudications, as well as
weapons disabilities and obtaining relief from one, are covered in more detail previously in this document. For
felony convictions or guilty pleas, an applicant would need a Governors pardon to attend peace officer basic
training. For numbers (4) – (6), once the charges are resolved, the disqualifications would not apply to an
applicant. As for the offenses in (7) and (8), if an applicant does not wish to wait three years, they may apply to
their sentencing court to have their record sealed. If successful, and if the applicant has no other disqualifiers,
then the applicant could attend basic training.
Alternative Sentencing
Jurisdictio
ns throughout the state can use certain programs as alternatives to incarceration that may or may not
result in a criminal conviction or guilty plea. The two methods covered in the Ohio Revised Code are intervention
in lieu of conviction (R.C. 2951.041) and pre-trial diversion (R.C. 2935.36), but local jurisdictions may have less
formalized programs similar to these. Diversion programs created pursuant to R.C. 2935.36 do not require an
applicant to plead guilty to their offense prior to going through diversion, so individuals in those programs (and
individuals that successfully complete them) may attend peace officer basic training.
Applicants that are granted intervention in lieu of conviction pursuant to R.C. 2951.041 are required to plead
guilty to the offense they are charged with prior to being accepted into the program. That guilty plea will impact
an applicant’s ability to attend peace officer basic training during the time period set out in their intervention
plan. If an applicant successfully completes their intervention plan and their charges are dismissed, then they
may attend peace officer basic training.
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Applicants that enter into programs established under local rules or
ordinances will need to consult with legal counsel to determine their eligibility.
Disclaimer
This docume
nt is not intended to cover every conceivable circumstance that students and/or commanders may
face, nor is it intended to provide specific legal advice for students who are subject to weapons disabilities
and/or disqualifying offenses. Rather, the examples given are intended to illustrate typical scenarios the
Commission frequently encounters, and to clarify the types of proof required of a prospective student with
criminal background issues who is seeking Commission approval to participate in training. As always, the
Commission urges students and commanders to seek the advice of legal counsel to determine what steps are
appropriate to the specific situation.
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R.C. 2951.041(E)
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