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Southern Ohio Police Training Institute



SOPTI is a Basic Peace Officer Training Academy that is conducted in strict compliance to all rules and regulations prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (OPOTC). Students must meet the requirements set forth by the OPOTC, including a criminal background check.

The Southern Ohio Police Training Institute provides cadets with access to excellent facilities and equipment. Cadets will train at a certified firearms site, conduct driving exercises and traffic stops both on and off campus, engage in physical fitness training at Shoemaker gym, learn unarmed self-defense at the SOPTI building on the Ohio University Chillicothe Emergency Response Training Center, and take classes inside the Ohio University Chillicothe Technical Building. Cadets are provided with equipment suitable to both classroom and practical training including course materials, vehicles, protective equipment, first aid and AED support, and more.

Veteran and military affiliated students who attend Ohio University Chillicothe’s Southern Ohio Police Training Institute are now be able to use their Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits to cover the cost of this program because it has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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SOPTI is approximately seven and a half months in length and is offered through the Ohio University Chillicothe Continuing Education program. SOPTI provides the cadet with the fundamentals of entry - level peace officer training, required for those seeking certification and employment as a law enforcement officer.

Class is held Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on some weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. SOPTI offers a mixed training environment with hands on as well as classroom instruction. Cadets receive expert training under the diligent supervision of over 25 experienced instructors from some of the top laws enforcement agencies in the state of Ohio.


  • Emphasis on academic performance
  • OPOTC certified law enforcement instructors dedicated to teaching tomorrow’s officers to serve and protect
  • Convenient evening and weekend classes
  • Affordable payment plans
  • Veteran’s Administration benefits may apply - see (here)
  • New training facility
  • Job placement opportunities
  • Internship with local law enforcement agencies
  • Mixed training environment
  • Hands on field training
  • Classroom instruction


2019 Academy: Enrolling Now - Academy Begins May 6, 2019 

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Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Academy Costs

Tuition costs are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Ohio University. Please refer to a schedule of classes for further tuition information or to the Ohio University Chillicothe website.

  • SOPTI Academy Tuition & Fees: $5150.00
  • Firearm, Duty Belt and Equipment, Black Boots, Black Belt & Gym Clothing: $ Variable
  • 5.11 Uniform Shirts and Pants: Included
  • Shotgun Ammunition: Provided
  • Possible Fees From Law Enforcement Agencies For Providing Fingerprinting For Criminal Background Check: $ Variable
  • Medical Fees To Your Physician For A Physical Exam & Drug Screen: $ Variable


Terri Mikesh
Academy Commander
Southern Ohio Police Training Institute
Technology and Business Development Center 110
T: 740.774.7286
F: 740.774.7214  


Jim McKean, PhD
Executive Director
Southern Ohio Police Training Institute
Technology and Business Development Center 129
T: 740.774.7708
F: 740.774.7214