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Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

OPOTA Invites Public Comment During Accreditation Assessment

2/1/2020
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) will undergo a three-day, on-site evaluation beginning on Feb. 17 to ensure compliance with the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program.
 
A team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will conduct the assessment, which includes a public comment period on Feb. 18.
 
To maintain its accreditation status, OPOTA must comply with 159 professional standards. While on campus, the assessors will review agency policies and practices, interview personnel and observe training classes. 
 
As part of the assessment, employees and the general public are invited to offer comments regarding OPOTA by calling 800-346-7682 or 740-845-2650 from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 18. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must directly address OPOTA’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
 
The CALEA assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from agencies out of state. OPOTA was originally accredited by CALEA in July 2004. All CALEA accredited agencies are reassessed every four years.