(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than 500 Ohio peace officers will receive free traffic safety training offered by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), which is a division of the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
The cost of tuition associated with the training will be paid for through a $120,000 grant recently awarded to the Attorney General's Office by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which is responsible for administering the federal funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"It is extremely important that officers receive this valuable training so that they can protect drivers on Ohio's roadways and properly investigate any crashes that occur," said Attorney General DeWine. "Training can be expensive, but thanks to this grant we can now provide some of this course instruction free of charge."
"Through collaboration, we have a greater chance for a safer Ohio," added Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born.
OPOTA plans to offer at least 30 courses to be covered by the grant funding including:
• Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
• RADAR and LIDAR Training and Re-Certification
• Traffic Collision Investigation
• Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
• Advanced Traffic Collision Investigation
• Crash Investigation Techniques for the Patrol Officer
• Vehicle Dynamics Training
Officers interested in registering for these courses or any other training offered by OPOTA should visit the Ohio Attorney General's website
for more information.
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Jill Del Greco: 614-466-3840