New Columbiana County Professional and Technical Center Police Academy aims to meet local law enforcement needs


LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — Columbiana County will have a new location to train its future police officers. The Vocational and Technical Center will begin offering classes in the fall, and this could help fill the ongoing need for law enforcement in the region.

About a year ago, the CCCTC was looking to add a new program – a police academy. Those at the school did some research and met with local law enforcement.

“The biggest thing they were saying was about the good cadets and the fact that there weren’t a lot of academies in the area,” said Kevin Clark, director of student services at CCCTC.

The CCCTC police academy will be state certified. This is a nine-month program, and students will complete over 700 hours in school.

If you wish to register, you must complete documents and a physical fitness test.

“The fitness test is based on their age and gender, and they must meet criteria of push-ups, sit-ups and a mile-and-a-half run,” Clark said.

Once accepted, cadets will complete theoretical and practical training. They will learn to use firearms and the training also includes a driving part.

“And then they’ll also learn how to do an arrest, intoxication training on how to properly approach people when they’re intoxicated, to do that interaction with them,” Clark said.

Clark said 18 people have already signed up for the training. The maximum it will take is 20.

Those at the CCCTC believe this will help fill a need for officers in the region.

“Well, I can tell you that last week we had a kick-off meeting, and I had all the chiefs in the area here, and each one of them said they desperately needed police” , did he declare.

Lisbon Police Chief Mike Abraham said he needed part-time officers and that having a police academy in the area would be great for recruitment.

“Those who come from the county know the county, so those who want to come for training will want to stay when they get their jobs,” Clark added.

To apply, you must be 21 by the time you finish with the academy. The other conditions must also be met:

  • Complete the CCCTC registration form
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Full BCI/FBI background check
  • Complete the Student Health Clearance Form
  • Copy of DMV driving record
  • Pay $100

For more information or to apply, contact Clark at 330-424-3520 or [email protected]

Evening classes take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Financial aid and short-term grants are available for those who qualify.


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