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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.

Save these dates!
Trainings will be held:
February 19, 2020
May 14, 2020
November 5, 2020
Members meet on:
February 20, 2020
May 15, 2020
August 21, 2020
November 6, 2020
Board meetings will be held
February 18, 2020
May 13, 2020
August 20, 2020
November 4, 2020
Save the date for our annual Line Officer Training Institute on April 2-3, 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 or team 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/team 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 or team 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. If you are nominating a team rather than a single individual, please determine/indicate the team lead and then submit names and resumes of all members of the team on a separate sheet of paper.

Download Letter and Nomination Form (Adobe Reader required)

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

Additional training opportunity

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.