Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

Degrees and Programs

Law Enforcement Academy

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Why Choose Law Enforcement Academy?

The Wright State University—Lake Campus Police Academy is in compliance with the standards set by the State of Ohio and by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Upon completion, cadets are qualified to take the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Test. Successful completion allows the student to become a law enforcement officer in any jurisdiction in Ohio, and also earn credit in the associate of technical study degree.

You can add the law enforcement academy to both the Associate of Technical Study: Law Enforcement Concentration or the Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies to further enhance your skills.


Cadets who graduate from the law enforcement academy and pass the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Test are licensed to work in any local police department or sheriff's department in the state of Ohio.

Real-World Experience

The law enforcement academy is an applied program designed to equip you with the skills that will allow you to succeed as a law enforcement officer in Ohio. All skills taught are designed to meet the standards set by the state and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

Academics and Curriculum

View Associate of Technical Study: Law Enforcement Academy concentration program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.

State certification as a police officer requires completion of a State Certified Police Academy, Physical Fitness Test, and a Final Examination.


Are you interested in becoming a police officer? The Wright State University—Lake Campus Police Academy at the Wright State Lake Campus is now taking applications. 

  • The application deadline is July 15, 2020
  • Classes start August 17, 2020, and end April 23, 2021
  • You can earn college credit while in the academy
  • Financial aid is available
  • To schedule an interview and to learn more call 419-586-0319 or email mark.ernst@wright.edu

Contact Information

Mark Ernst
Police Academy Commander


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