Police Academy moving up
EHOVE Adult Education’s Police Academy has added some major improvements to their program. In the past, EHOVE students who enrolled into the program paid tuition and the cost of equipment. This year, some major changes have been made based on the feedback of students, instructors & research done by EHOVE’s Policy Academy Commander Jim Bond.
“We are an all-inclusive academy this year, and providing all the equipment,” said Bond. “All fees are included in the tuition: equipment and supplies, uniforms, use of firearms and the use of the duty belt. There are very little out-of-pocket expenses, which allows us to offer more to cadets and the academy.”
More of those changes include: an updated training area, more advanced training, better equipment EHOVE is the only academy to be offering this all-inclusive program, and they are already getting positive feedback from the community. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said Bond.
The upcoming program will take place on EHOVE’s campus with an area dedicated to the academy and the training that includes a large training room, large classroom and a locker room.
The training will cover the entire course of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). “We are offering certifications above and beyond that mandates from OPOTA,” said Bond.
Although anyone can apply for this program, but it’s not easy to get into. “We’ve been very selective for candidates of who we let into the academy. We promote positive training,” said Bond.
EHOVE Policy Academy Commander Jim Bond has several years of experience, which makes him well qualified for this position at EHOVE. He has 24 years of law enforcement, 20 years as a supervisor, is currently the Captain for the Monroeville Police Department, has been an instructor at EHOVE since 1998 serving as an Assistant Commander from 2005-2011, and became the Commander at EHOVE in 2011.
“I really enjoy working at EHOVE and look forward to the new changes we’ve made to this program,” said Bond.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the EHOVE Adult Career Center Police Academy, please contact EHOVE at 419-499-4663 x280. Even the Academy doesn’t begin until August, interested parties are encouraged to begin the registration now. More information is available at www.EHOVE.net or www.Facebook.com/EHOVEpolice.
PHOTO: former EHOVE Police Academy student Clair Evans, who now works for Norwalk Police Department, practicing techniques with a fellow student.