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The precautions the state is taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus includes avoiding large events with more than 250 people. Our line officer training has been impacted by this guidance and many speakers and registrants are unable to attend.

We have moved the date of the event to July 14-15, 2020. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza and all details will be the same. If you registered for the event, you do not need to re-register. If you need to cancel your registration or assign someone to attend in your place, please email lisariegel@epinstitute.net. If someone is attending in your place, please include the person's name and email address, so we can update our registration list and keep everyone informed.

If you have a room reserved at the Crowne Plaza, please call 614-885-1885 and hit option 2. You will need to cancel your own reservations so you are not billed.

OCPOA’s annual Line Officer Training Institute is at capacity and no longer accepting registrations. This means you can no longer register to attend.

The hotel is also full. If you need accommodations, we recommend you look at Extended Stay America, which is less than a mile away and receives 4.5 stars.

Address: 6255 Quarter Horse Dr, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 431-0033.

The Annual Line Officer Training Institute will be held April 2-3,2020 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus, OH. Registration is open! Click here to register.

We are pleased to welcome Brian Lovens as our opening keynote speaker. Dr. Brian Lovins is a Principal for Justice Systems Partners. He earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently President-Elect for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). He has developed a state-wide juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), as well as validation of a series of pretrial risk assessments.

He will be presenting: Probation Officer as a Coach: How Can We Leverage Probation Officers Skills to Impact Change?
As our field adopts evidence-based practices, it is clear that probation officers are being asked to do more with less resources. In line with our charge to help people reduce criminal behavior, probation departments are seeing the benefits of adopting interventions that help deliver core correctional practices but these are often in direct competition with traditional probation structures. This presentation will discuss a new way of thinking about our role; calling on us to see ourselves more as coaches than as referees. Participants will be challenged to rethink our role to help facilitate change and deliver core correctional practices in a way that supports behavioral change.


Our closing speaker, David Fulcher, played for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and received both football and baseball scholarships to Arizona State University. During his career at Arizona State, he began as a Wide Receiver, then after requesting a shift to Defensive Back, he earned the coveted award of Standout Player at that position. David's nickname, "Fo-Rock" was placed on him by his teammates after their game with Colorado State, where his teammates said he hit one player, "like a rock!" The nickname obviously stuck and stayed with him even to this day. While at Arizona State, David won All American honors three consecutive years. In November of 1996, he received the honor of being inducted into the Arizona State University Hall of Fame for his outstanding college career.

David was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1986 in the third round and went on to become known as one of the NFL's largest, fastest, hardest hitting, and best Strong Safeties during his career. He was named to three consecutive Pro Bowl Games ('89, '90, and '91), made All-Pro teams in 1988, '89, and '90. In the Bengal's 1989 Superbowl year, he was named Defensive Back of the Year for the NFL - an outstanding, well-earned honor after a storybook season for the team. David Fulcher led the Cincinnati Bengals in tackles in 1991 with 95 - 68 of those tackles were solo. He led his team with 4 pass interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries. In David's six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, he accounted for 561 tackles - 388 solo and 173 assists, 27 pass interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns), and 10 fumble recoveries.

Participants can also enjoy a number of informative sessions for adult and juvenile courts and visit with many exhibitors throughout the event. We will also enjoy a lively evening event and host a raffle. Click here to download the session descriptions

Thursday, April 2, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Institute Check-In /Continental Breakfast /Exhibits
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote Address
10:15 AM –10:30 AM Break / Exhibits
10:30 AM –12:00 PM Concurrent Session A
12:00 PM –12:30 PM Exhibits
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch (provided)
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Exhibits
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Concurrent Session B
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break / Exhibits
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM Concurrent Session C
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Networking Reception with DJ/Karaoke/Annual Corn Hole Tournament

Friday, April 3, 2020
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Institute Check-In / Breakfast / Exhibits (Check-in for new registrants only)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Concurrent Session D
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:15 AM Closing Keynote, Awards, and Giveaways

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Crowne Plaza North for a special rate of $106/night. Call (614) 885-1885 and use OCP as our group code when you reserve your room. We tend to fill the entire hotel, so book early to secure your lodging.
Lisa A Riegel, PhD
Educational Partnerships Institute, LLC

Member Quarterly Training Opportunities

OCPOA offers quarterly two-day trainings in February, May, August and November. On the first day of training, participants engage in high-quality professional development that often qualifies for continuing education credit. On the second day, members gather to learn, network, and prepare to advocate for, or respond to, legislative issues. The CCA Director's Meeting follows.

Training and Committee Meetings

Hold the dates!

May 14, 2020
November 5, 2020

Members meet on:
May 15, 2020
August 21, 2020
November 6, 2020

Board meetings will be held
May 13, 2020
August 20, 2020
November 4, 2020

Please complete the following fields:

  • Day 1 Training Session
  • Day 2 OCPOA Member Business Meeting
  • I am an OCPOA member (free)
  • I am an OCPOA member proxy and will be attending in place of an OCPOA member (free if a proxy form is on file)
  • I am not an OCPOA member and need to be invoiced ($100).
  • I require a vegetarian meal
  • I require a gluten free meal

Line officer training

OCPOA offers an annual line officer training in April. Our next training will be held on April 2-3, 2020. Check back for more information and to register.

2019 George W. Farmer Line Officer of the Year Award

Each year OCPOA selects a probation or community corrections officer who has performed their assigned duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to their respective probation or community corrections profession at the local, regional or state level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession through participation or involvement in community activities or programs. This is a practitioner award for those field officers actively involved in supervision.

The award winner receives complimentary registration for the annual Line Officer Training and one night's lodging at the venue. We recognize the winner at the training and submit a nomination to the American Probation and Parole Association's Scotia Knouf Line Officer of the Year award.

Download the nomination letter and form below. Nominations for the 2020 Line Officer of the Year are due March 1, 2020.

Download Letter and Nomination Form (Adobe Reader required)

Click on the following links to look for other training opportunities.

Additional training opportunity

2019 Vincent Polito Executive Leadership Award

This award is presented to a probation or community corrections executive who has performed their duties in an outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the respective probation or community corrections profession at the local, regional or state level. The recipient may also have brought credit or honor to the profession through participation or involvement in community activities or programs. This is an executive leadership award for those probation chiefs who are currently, or have been, actively involved in probation management leadership.

The award winner will be announced at the 21st Annual Line Officers Training Institute on April 2-3, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The recipient’s name will be submitted for nomination to the OCPOA Executive Board review committee.

The winner will receive a complimentary registration for the 2020 Line Officers Training Institute, lunch for the winner and one guest of their choice, and one night's lodging at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North during the Institute. The registration and lodging are not transferable.

Complete the attached application to nominate a worthy leader for the award.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Download Nomination Letter.

The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), and the Ohio Chief Probation Officer's Association are excited to co-sponsor the Ohio Probation Officer Training Program created as a result of House Bill 86.

This program consists of 6 live and 12 online courses that must be completed by all newly hired probation officers within their first year of employment. All courses are free and the live courses are offered regionally in Columbus and Akron each month.

While these 18 courses are mandatory for adult probation officers hired after January 1, 2014, all probation officers will find the information in these lessons valuable. Experienced probation officers may use these courses to meet the requirement to complete 20 hours of continuing education yearly. Five live courses and 2 online courses have been approved for Changing Offender Behavior (COB) credit. *

To register to take a course, please go to http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/ohioCourtEDU/register/default.asp
and follow the steps in the the directions provided here.

The Ohio Probation Officer Training Program live courses are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Assessment and Case Planning *
  2. Professional Communication: Oral and Written Communication Skills
  3. Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Interventions *
  4. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing *
  5. Introduction to Offender Skill Building *
  6. Introduction to Offender Behavior Management *
  7. The Ohio Probation Officer Training Program online courses are as follows:

  8. The Principles of Effective Interventions 1.5 hours *
  9. Risk Assessment Basics 1.5 hours *
  10. The Ohio Court System 1.5 hours
  11. The Ohio Criminal Justice System and Its Partners 1.5 hours
  12. The Authority of Probation Officers and their Role within the Court 1.5 hours
  13. Probation Officer Ethics 1.5 hours
  14. The Basics of Officer Safety 1.5 hours
  15. Courtroom Presentation Basics 1.5 hours
  16. Electronic Offender Information Systems 1.5 hours
  17. Addiction and Drug Testing 1.5 hours
  18. Search and Seizure for Probation 2.0 hours
  19. Special Populations : A series of three courses 3.0 hours
    • Sex Offenders
    • Mentally Ill Offenders
    • Domestic Violence Offenders

Full course descriptions are available here.

*Please Note: Online courses work best if you use Firefox as your internet browser (instead of Internet Explorer)

If you have questions please email OhioCourtEDU@sc.ohio.gov.