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Welcome Jeffrey Scott, new leader of OPOTA


OPOTA leader Jeffrey Scott

As the new executive director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, Jeffrey Scott said he welcomes suggestions for improvement from the staff and others.

“The nice thing about being the new guy is having an open mind and looking for ideas,” said Scott, who in April became OPOTA’s 11th executive director. “If you’ve had ideas sitting on the shelf, this is the opportunity to bring them up.”

Scott arrived at OPOTA from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, where he was police chief. He also is president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and has instructed and written about firearms, tactical response, active threats and other topics. 

He has worked for 30 years in public safety, including more than 23 in law enforcement, after beginning his career as a firefighter/paramedic.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who named Scott to the position, praised Scott’s background as a notable asset. 

“A cop and a teacher who’s going to teach cops, Chief Scott brings a wealth of educational and first-hand law enforcement experience to the academy,” Yost said.