Offered on: Fayette Campus
(Mon. - Thurs. from 6-10pm, Sat. from 8am-5pm, & four Sundays from 8am-5pm)
The Basic Peace Officer Training Academy is now a seven-month long program. The Academy can be taken alone or as part of the Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement program that provides students with the fundamentals of entry-level peace officer training for employment as a law enforcement officer.
Ready to apply? Follow these steps!
- Note: The 2017 OPOTA enrollment packet will be available online April 27, 2017. The exact August start date for the Academy will be published in the enrollment packet and on this site. Thank you for your interest and patience while we update information.
- The program requires all applicants to complete a background check before being considered for enrollment.
- At the pre-assessment, the student will take a physical fitness assessment and submit his/her completed enrollment packet. The pre-assessment dates for the upcoming academy are listed in the enrollment packet.
Step 1 – Complete an Enrollment Packet
Step 2 – Have a Background Check
Step 3 – Schedule Pre-Assessment
Step 4 – Apply for Admission to Southern State (if you are already a SSCC student, skip this step)
For more information about enrolling at Southern State, visit Apply for Admission.
Students may also apply for financial aid which is available to those who qualify. For more information, visit Apply for Financial Aid.
The Basic Peace Officer Training Academy consists of two courses CJUS 1102 and CJUS 1103 which are 16 college credit hours. These courses are delivered in two, 8 credit hour (this is considered part-time) semesters.
There is a tuition fee of $1,287 per semester. There is an additional cost for firearm/ammunition/ equipment and the estimated cost is $2,500. (Please note: The current ammo market continues to be unstable. Availability of ammo has been rated “difficult” since 2012. Prices have fluctuated in a seven-day period as much as 40%.)
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