Tri-C Police Academy
moves forward with Online Training
Academy is first in the state to begin remote instruction during
PARMA: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has
moved a portion of its Police Academy training online after
becoming the first Ohio program approved for remote instruction
during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sixteen topics within the academy’s state-guided curriculum can
be covered through online lectures, said Jamie Tavano,
interim director of the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at
Tri-C. Online lectures began this week.
The topics cover about 50 hours of instruction — just a fraction
of the 750 hours required of cadets. Tavano said the goal is to
inch cadets closer to completion for when on-site training
restarts at the training center at Western Campus in Parma.
In March, after consultation with state officials, the College
suspended in-person classes to limit the spread of COVID-19
through the community.
Tavano said it’s vital that cadets continue making progress
given the critical need for first responders. The College acted
immediately to adopt online lectures after the Ohio Peace
Officer Training Commission offered the option.
“We’ve got things to do,” Tavano said. “This is an important
field that we’re in. We don’t just stop. We find ways to keep
Cadets are required to sign in to classes multiple times per day
to ensure attendance and the integrity of the instruction. State
inspectors will conduct spot checks online to verify cadet
Topics being covered through online lectures include vehicle
theft and identification, intro to traffic, tracing stolen
property, gang awareness and others.