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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, OCPOA's 2020 Line Officer Training Institute and August membership meeting are canceled. If you registered for this year's Line Officer Training Institute, we are issuing credits to your court for each paid 2020 registration. When registration opens for 2021, you will receive preferential registration that will allow you to register for sessions first. We expect the program to be the same as what we planned for 2020. The credits for each registrant will be applied to your court, so anyone from the court can redeem them for 2021.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are profoundly disappointed we could not facilitate this important and effecting training opportunity.

Member Quarterly Training Opportunities

Quarterly meetings: Each quarterly meeting includes a Wednesday evening OCPOA board meeting, a Thursday training session and a Friday OCPOA member meeting and BCS Grants Directors Meeting.

Training and Committee Meetings

Hold the dates!

Members meet on:
November 4-6, 2020
February 10-12, 2021
May 12-14, 2021
August 11-13, 2021
November 17-19, 2021

Line Officers Training Institutes:
April 1-2, 2021
April 7-8, 2022

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.