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Zaki Hazou

Legal Instructor

Zaki Hazou is a proud Ohioan with a passion for Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.  His zeal for teaching Search & Seizure stems from his desire to help law enforcement professionals better understand pertinent legal doctrines that impact their day-to-day decision making.

Zaki started his career in law enforcement as a Patrol Officer in Strongsville, Ohio.  He is currently a Detective at the Strongsville Police Department, where in addition to his duties as a detective, he is also responsible for the development and implementation of his agency’s in-service legal training, refresher legal training for newly hired officers, and the presentation of the Ohio-mandated legal continued professional training.  He also teaches various criminal law courses at a local police academy in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.  Prior to his career in law enforcement, Zaki served in the United States Army as a Linguist, and taught Arabic to military field grade officers.

Zaki holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Kent State University, and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with a concentration in Criminal Law from the Cleveland State University College of Law.  He speaks five languages at various proficiency levels, and strongly advocates for intercultural competence among police officers.


Master of Legal Studies, Cleveland State University College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio. (2018)

  • Concentration – Criminal Law.

  • Cumulative GPA – 3.87 on a 4.0 scale.

Bachelor of Arts, Justice Studies, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. (2006)

Ohio Peace Officer Certificate, Ohio State Highway Patrol Police Academy, Columbus, Ohio. (2013)



2022 – Present – Legal Instructor, Blue to Gold Law Enforcement Training March

February 2021 – Present – Instructor, Polaris Career Center

June 2022 – Present – Detective, Strongsville Police Department

August 2013 – June 2022 – Police Officer, Strongsville Police Department

January 2010 – May 2013 – Linguist / Operations Sergeant, United States Army

July 2006 – December 2009 – Assistant Manager, Office of Safety & Security, Kent State University


Knowledge, Skills, and Training

Speaker of Arabic, English, Hebrew, Arameac, and French — at various proficiency levels.

Certified Police Instructor – Procedural Justice, Domestic Violence, and Legal.

Completed formal training courses in the following areas:

  • Core Criminal Investigations.

  • Narcotics Investigations.

  • Sexual Assault Investigations.

  • Online and Undercover Investigations.

  • Criminal Patrol and Drug Interdiction Operations.

  • Interview and Interrogation – Basic and Advanced courses.

  • Verbal de-escalation.

  • Crisis Intervention and Mental Illness First Aid.

  • Intercultural Proficiency and Diversity.

Well-versed in Fourth Amendment jurisprudence (Search & Seizure).

Demonstrated effective intercultural communication skills.

Advise on crime prevention strategies to strengthen community relations

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