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Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

More from the OPOTA Course Catalogue

8/14/2015
The Attorney General’s Office presents the following regional training opportunities for law enforcement. Register online at www.OHLEG.org or fill out the registration format www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/OPOTARegistration. Most offerings are available at no cost to local departments. Hundreds of courses also are available at the London and Richfield OPOTA campuses and online at eOPOTA.

Legal Update 
Course Description: This half-day legal update training will cover recent case and statutory law in the areas of search & seizure, Miranda warnings, and laws of arrest. Hypothetical fact patterns will be utilized to facilitate instruction.

Sept. 8, 2015 ǀ 8 a.m-12 p.m.
OPOTA Course 53-665-15-02
Quality Inn Sandusky
1935 Cleveland Road
Sandusky, OH
Cost: Free

Nov. 13, 2015 ǀ 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
OPOTA Course 03-665-15-02
Sidney Police Department
234 W. Court St.
Sidney, OH
Cost: Free

Basic Crime Scene Investigation
This course is designed to educate any officer who responds to, processes, or supervises crime scenes. It will also cover current methods and trends in crime scene processing, demonstrate how to secure crime scenes so evidence is not missed or destroyed, explain how laboratory examinations of evidence collected at the crime scene may benefit their cases, show the proper photographs that should be taken at crime scenes, and suggest crime scene processing equipment that can be utilized by officers.

Aug. 18, 2015 ǀ 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
OPOTA Course 03-675-15-01
Owens Community College-Center for Emergency Preparedness
30150 Tracy Road
Walbridge, OH
Cost: Free

Procedural Justice and Legitimacy 
Procedural justice is the process used by police officers in which citizens are treated fairly and with proper respect. Legitimacy refers to when a citizen feels that a police officer should be deferred to, complied with, and trusted. The goal of procedural justice and legitimacy is to strengthen the department’s relationship with the community, ultimately improving officer safety and efficiency. It’s as basic as the old adage: It is not what you say, but how you say it. It’s not just about what you do, but how you are doing it.

Procedural Justice and Legitimacy in law enforcement is not just a strategy, but a movement. By fostering an environment where procedural justice principles become standard practice, the department can create an organizational culture that fosters a true partnership with the public and leads to safer work environments.

This course was developed through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academies partnership with the Education and Training Division of the Chicago Police Department, with substantial support from Yale law professors Tom R. Tyler and Tracey L. Meares. Additional cooperation from researchers Dennis P. Rosenbaum, Amie M. Schuck, and other staff from the University of Illinois at Chicago was critical in the implementation of the initial Procedural Justice curriculum.

Sept. 9, 2015 ǀ 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
OPOTA Course 02-342-15-08
The Family Center
1800 N. Blanchard St., Room 117
Findlay, OH
Cost: Free

Sept. 16, 2015 ǀ 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
OPTOA Course 02-342-15-09
The Family Center
1800 N. Blanchard St., Room 117
Findlay, OH
Cost: Free

Patrol Drug Operations
This is a two-day course for all patrol officers. Topics include the development of street informants, recognition of high risk zones, search methods, and surveillance techniques, along with directed patrol strategies. Course includes descriptions of hidden compartments in vehicles and K-9 deployment, along with observation techniques for drug interdiction within patrol.

Sept. 23-24, 2015 ǀ 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
OPOTA Course 53-400-15-03
Owens Community College-Center for Emergency Preparedness
30150 Tracy Road
Walbridge, OH
Cost: $130

Introduction to Energy and Crush
This three-day course will provide officers with additional skills to investigate and reconstruct traffic collisions using energy and crush. Topics covered in this course include energy-based methods and techniques in determining crush and analyzing traffic collisions. Officers will measure vehicle crush and apply mathematical formulas to determine energy, speed, and velocity. Students will need a scientific calculator and will participate in outside exercises. The course is limited to 20 officers.
 
Sept. 29, 2015-Oct. 1, 2015 ǀ 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
OPOTA Course 03-424-15-02
Cleveland Metro Parks Ranger Headquarters
4600 Valley Pkwy.
Fairview Park, OH
Cost: $200 

Tactical Communication
This course covers critical communication skills for those tasked with maintaining their composure during potentially volatile encounters. Some of the topics covered include verbal and non-verbal skills, de-escalation techniques, guidelines for effective verbalization, active listening, and effective questioning techniques. Students can expect to be involved in role-playing as they practice the skills taught throughout the course. 

Nov. 13, 2015 ǀ 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
OPOTA Course 02-226-15-01
Sidney Police Department
234 W. Court St.
Sidney, OH
Cost: Free