We are an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission-certified academy. We are part of UA's College of Health and Human Sciences.
We are now accepting applications for our fall full-time and part-time academies that will begin on August 2, 2021.
Completed applications can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you may email Kathy Shaffer to make an appointment.
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 711 hours of basic training and prepares each cadet to pass the Ohio State Peace Officer’s Certification Exam.
Cadets must pass all of the following psychomotor skills to be eligible to sit for the state exam:
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.
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. There will be a $1000 scholarship awarded. 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 Kathy Shaffer , Polsky 327.
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.
Commander William Holland outlines the benefits of training for a law enforcement career with The University of Akron / Summit County Sheriff's Office Police Academy.
Commander Bill Holland