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Our next session will start August 31, 2015.

Our academy is a full-time day academy.

Classes are held Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 session. 

You can click here to download the application.

Applications will be taken until Noon on July 13, 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the application or the academy, please email Lisa at 


The University of Akron/Summit County Sheriff’s Office OPOTA Certified Training Academy is a unique collaboration in law enforcement training. The instructors will consist of both experienced law enforcement officers and well-respected University of Akron faculty members.

This academy will provide thorough and comprehensive training to develop policing skills, enhance leadership abilities, and promote a solid ethical foundation to all cadets. The program provides over 605 hours of basic training and prepares each cadet to pass the Ohio State Peace Officer’s Certification Exam. Some examples of the training provided are:

· Firearms

· Subject Control Techniques

· Classroom training

· Physical training

· Scenario-based training

Also, throughout the entire training, core values of professionalism, obligation, leadership, integrity, courage, and excellence are stressed and reinforced. When the cadets complete the academy, they will enter the world of policing with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform their duties as law enforcement officials.

 In addition, after receiving your State of Ohio OPOTA certificate, cadets could be eligible to receive 12 credit hours to be used towards a Criminal Justice Associate degree at the University of Akron.  He/she can potentially get credit for Introduction to Criminal Justice (2220:100), Critical Incident Intervention in Criminal Justice (2220:260), and six credits of technical electives (2220:xxx).


Rohr, Alexander J. Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Alexander J. Rohr Memorial Scholarship Fund  

The Alexander J. Rohr Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by the family and friends in loving memory of Alex Rohr who was a student at The University of Akron and had interest in a career in law enforcement.  Endowment income is available for students enrolled in the Police Academy, who have demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be selected by members of Alex Rohr’s family based on recommendations by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The funds may be used for tuition, fees or to purchase books for the classes. Click here to read more about Alex.

 The scholarship application must be turned into Lisa Breiding, Polsky 324.

                                      Scholarship Application Form

Note for students interested in applying for a scholarship: The Department of Development at The University of Akron does not accept applications for, or distribute, scholarships.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Breiding in the Polsky Building, Room 324 (map)
Phone: 330-972-8856

Physical Fitness Requirements


Police badges presented to academy
Nearly 1,000 police patches from around the world were individually glued and mounted to display boards and are currently on display within the Police Academy in the Polsky Building

Massillon newspaper remembers UA grad
A Massillon Independent story on the 10th anniversary of the death of police officer Eric Taylor, who attended UA’s police academy.

Police Academy Contacts

Police Commander
William Holland

Polsky 308
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-4304
330-972-2655 - Office
330-972-5596 - Fax

Lisa Breiding, Office Assistant

Polsky 324
330-972-8856 - Office
330-972-5596 - Fax

Employment Opportunities

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Village of Windham (Police Officer)


The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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