The Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau is a component of the Operations Division and reports directly to the Chief of Operations.
Mission Statement-The Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau is dedicated to providing progressive, innovative, state of the art training and educational information to all personnel of the Summit County Sheriff's office, other Law enforcement and safety forces as well as additional training that benefits the citizen's of Summit County. The Training Bureau will facilitate the highest level of professionalism and enhanced field performance by utilizing the latest research and instructional methods to develop and present outstanding training programs and professional practices. The Training Bureau will continue to upgrade course content by incorporating the latest research and recommended professional practices as well as stimulating inquiry and providing fresh perspectives on the law enforcement profession in order to provide training for our troops to complete assigned tasks in an effective, safe and efficient manner.
The Training Bureau's will continue to foster exemplary communications and cooperation within a broad spectrum of law enforcement, fire safety, criminal justice as well as other community groups and to forge strong working relationships and collaborative initiatives that will, benefit the citizens of Summit County.
Overview: The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Training Bureau is located on an 8 acre leased tract of land in the City of Green on Akron-Canton Airport Property. This state of the art training facility operates year round, offering a variety of basic, intermediate and advanced law enforcement programs which includes but not limited to The Basic Peace Officer Academy, Basic Corrections Academy, in-service advanced training, precision firearms skills enhancement training, K-9 training, tactical & SWAT training, defensive driving courses, and specialized courses and curriculum for local, state and federal agencies. Additional programming of instruction is offered to the Citizen’s of Summit County on a vast away of topics for all age groups that includes but is not limited to a Citizen’s Academy, Refuse to Be a Victim classes, First Aid/ CPR and, Teen Driving classes just to name a few. The training center also incorporates the Bomb detonation area as well as the impound lot that serves the Summit County Sheriff’s office. Presently the Sheriff’s Training Center also assists with supporting the City Of Akron’s Police Department’s, The Federal Air Marshal’s, Ohio Peace Officer’s Commission, State Parole and Probation and Federal Probation and many other federal, county and local law enforcement firearms programs.
Staffing: Staffing-The Training bureau is currently staffed by one Captain,, one Lieutenant , 2 full time training deputies, and one administrative assistant.. The Training Bureau also utilizes Instructors from other Divisions within the Sheriff’s office, Instructors from other Law enforcement and safety forces agencies, local Universities, other county employees, community members as well as a host of other specialized instructors based on the programming and curriculum identified to teach.
The Training Bureau strives to provide the highest quality of training to personnel of the Summit County Sheriff’s office, other governmental agencies and to the public.
Basic Peace Officer Training Academy
Ohio law requires that all persons who perform the functions of a peace officer in the State of Ohio successfully complete the initial course of training prescribed by law. That training, known as the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course, consists of thirteen (13) units of academic and skills performance topic areas covered by one-hundred four (104)(109) state certified lesson plans. Instruction in such matters as Sheriff's Office rules and regulations, personnel policies and procedures, and a certification test review component is included in the five hundred seventy nine (579) hour curriculum. The Summit County Sheriff's Academy has been specifically authorized by the Executive Director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to conduct a Basic Peace Officer Training Academy. The Academy Commander, all of the Basic Law Enforcement Instructors and Special Topics Instructors have been certified by the commission to teach in this academy. Anyone interested in attending the Academy is encouraged to contact the Training Bureau at (330) 896-4019
Basic Corrections Training
Ohio law requires that all persons who perform the functions of a corrections officer in the State of Ohio successfully complete the training prescribed by law. The Summit County Sheriff's Office has been specifically authorized by the Executive Director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to conduct a Basic Corrections Training Academy. The training known as "Corrections Training" consists of a total of seven (7) units of academic and skills performance topic areas. There are thirty-two (32) state certified lesson plans that cover all required hours of instruction and student performance objectives. Instructions in such matters as Summit County Sheriff's Office rules and regulations, personnel policies and procedures, and a certification test review component is included in the one hundred forty -two (142) hour curriculum. The Academy Commander, all of the Basic Law Enforcement instructors and Special Topic instructors have been certified by the commission to teach in this academy. Anyone interested in attending the Basic Corrections Academy is encouraged to contact the Training Bureau at (330)896-4019.
Basic Citizen's Law Enforcement Academy
Summit County residents interested in law enforcement and certain functions of the Summit County Sheriff's Office may obtain answers by enrolling in the Basic Citizen's Academy. This unique program will be held once a week for ten (10) weeks, generally in t evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM. The Citizen's Academy classes are held at the Sheriff's Training Facility, 2825 Greensburg Rd., City of Green, OH 44720 Among the presentations are a Jail Tour, Patrol Tactics, Narcotics Investigations, Crime Prevention, Weapons Familiarization, Community Policing, Traffic Laws, and Red Cross Adult CPR. Cost is $35.00 per person. NO PERSONS WITH A FELONY CONVICTION OR CURRENT PENDING CRIMINAL CASE WILL BE ACCEPTED. You must be at least 21 years of age. Anyone interested in attending this training please contact the Training Bureau at (330)896-4019
Every full time sworn employee of the Summit County Sheriff's Office must complete forty (40) hours of In-Service training each year. Subjects that are being taught include: 24 hours of mandated Training pertaining to Corrections, and 16 hours of training that includes but is not limited to, Taser re-certification, Use of Force updates, Emergency Driving updates, Policies and Procedures, First Aid training including using the Automatic External Defibrillation (A.E.D.), Interpersonal Communications, Sexual Harassment, Cultural Diversity, Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.), Duty weapons re-qualifications and Immediate Action Rapid Deployment training.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau Maintains two firearms ranges that are used for the following types of training: Basic Academy Semi-Automatic Pistol and Shotgun training and qualifications, In-Service Re-qualifications, Transitional School which trains deputies to make the transition from a revolver to semi-automatic pistol, Tactical Shooting, Night Shooting, Chemical Munitions Deployment, Bicycle Patrol Shooting. The Sheriff's Firearms ranges are utilized by Federal, State and local police agengies which include abut is not limited to the following agencies: D.E.A., U.S. Marshal, State of Ohio Liquor Control, Federal Air Marshals, Federal Probation, Ohio Department of Corrections, National, State and Local Park Rangers, FBI, and IRS.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau frequently offers and or hosts Specialized Advanced Training in numerous areas including but not limited to: Civil Disturbances, Violence and Drugs in the Workplace, Interviewing and Interrogation, Dignitary Protection, ASP Tactical Baton, Kids and Guns Training, Teamwork and Bridge Building, Crime Scene Protection, Processing and Evidence Submission Writing and Executing Search Warrants, Processing and Photographing Crime Scenes. These courses are presented in cooperation with the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Attorney Generals Office, Department of Homeland Security, as well as private vendors.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau works hand-in-hand with area universities, colleges and schools to insure that the students become familiar with the Criminal Justice System, the duties and responsibilities of the Summit County Sheriff's Office as related to protecting and serving the citizen's of Summit County though a volunteer intern process. Each intern receives first-hand experience of the operation of the Sheriff's Training Bureau, Patrol Division, Corrections Division, Records Room, Court and Special Services Division, Civil Division, and the Common Pleas Court though the process of shadowing Sheriff personnel. Each internship is required to be associated with a course requirement that mandates that such internship be completed to meet instructional objectives.
Flag Day Ceremony
Each year the Sheriff announces that on Flag Day at 7:00 P.M., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Mounted Unit and K-9 and along with Group III Civil Air Patrol Squadron, as well as various military groups, other Color Guards host a ceremonial retirement of American flags which are no longer suitable for service. A special invitation is extended to all Veterans, Veterans groups, youth organizations and Boy and Girl Scout troops.
Sheriff Alexander states “according to Federal Law, when a flag is no longer fit for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner”.
Anyone wishing to retire an American flag may bring that flag to any Summit County Sheriff’s Office facility prior to Flag Day. Folded flags should be placed in a protective paper or plastic bag with a note attached to the flag eyelet indicating the name of the person or organization wishing to retire the flag. Flags will be inspected and prepared in accordance with the tradition of solemn dignity and military manner.
Sheriff Alexander invites the public, with a special invitation to all Veterans, Veterans groups, youth organizations and Boy & Girl Scout troops to witness this ceremony which begins each year at 7:00 P.M. on Flag day at the Robert D. Campbell Training Center, located at the Summit County Sheriff’s Training Facility, 2825 Greensburg Road, North Canton. Persons should arrive at least 30 minutes prior. Once the ceremony begins, no traffic will be permitted in the parking lot.
Any agency wishing to participate in this program is asked to contact Captain Dale A. Soltis at (330) 896-4019.