Criminal Justice Sciences

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice Science at Sinclair Community College has programs to prepare students for productive employment in corrections and law enforcement. Current criminal justice professionals can enhance their knowledge and skill sets for professional development and career advancement. Additional extended learning includes the Advanced Job Training opportunities at six Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in efforts to reduce recidivism.

Why major in Criminal Justice?

Have you ever contemplated the following questions?

  • Do you wish to make a difference in the lives of the citizens in your community
  • Does your neighborhood need a caregiver
  • Can you imagine a better and safer world
  • Are you the one that everyone calls in time of need
  • Do you have “people skills”
  • Do you try to understand the needs of the individuals around you
  • Do you desire to improve your community
  • Are you concerned about the general well-being of others
  • Can you determine what the public needs to know or have in order to be safe

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career in criminal justice may be for you.  Each of these areas criminal justice demands a high level of responsibility and professionalism. Careers in criminal justice provide the most satisfaction to those who enjoy helping family, friends, and neighbors.  CJS professionals help others build stronger communities.  CJS graduates serve the public in ways that make a difference at the individual and community level.  What difference will you make in the world?

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Available Programs

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Associate of Applied Science
Criminal Justice Science/Corrections

This program is designed to combine the criminal justice concepts, theories and laws with practical application techniques and modern technology skills to prepare the Criminal Justice Science student for productive employment in corrections. The corrections track maintains cutting-edge curriculum that enhances critical thinking, written and oral communications, teamwork, leadership and assessment. The curriculum includes general education requirements, theory and practice courses and educational requirements in ethics, law and the current best practices in the field of criminal justice.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at student records@sinclair.edu.

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Criminal Justice Science/Law Enforcement

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice prepares entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds in theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills, and practices of criminal justice operations. This study enables students to develop rational decisions and informed responses to challenges facing law enforcement and criminal justice professionals today.

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed.

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One-year Technical Certificate
Corrections

This certificate is designed to provide the student with the basics necessary for entry-level employment in a correctional environment. All courses can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Corrections, if desired.

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Crime Mapping

The Crime Mapping certificate will give students knowledge of the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the area of criminal justice and homeland security. Students will learn how to collect data, analyze data, identify crime trends, and assess opportunities for crime prevention with the goal of building safer communities.

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Homeland Security

This certificate will provide students with a broad overview and understanding of issues, practices, policies, and programs in homeland security. Students will have the opportunity to learn about intelligence gathering, threat assessment, risk analysis, critical incident management and first responder applications at a local, state, and national level.

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Law Enforcement

This certificate prepares the learner for future training and education in the field of law enforcement. The certificate enhances law enforcement professional skills and knowledge. It may assist the student in performing well in future civil service examinations for employment or promotion. All courses in this certificate apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement, if desired.

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Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Academy Professional

This program provides the Ohio Peace Officer training required by the State of Ohio for new Ohio law enforcement officers. Additionally, this program is designed specifically for cadets who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement, and the training provided enhances one's ability to successfully receive a certificate of completion from the State of Ohio. This program is the foundation for graduates to further their educational pursuits and is limited to those persons who are officially enrolled in the Sinclair Community College basic training academy.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Corrections Officer

This certificate is designed to provide the student with the basic skills necessary for entry-level employment as a corrections officer. All courses can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Corrections.

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Crime Mapping

The Crime Mapping Short-Term Certificate will give students knowledge of the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the area of criminal justice and homeland security. Students will be able to add this credential to their portfolio as they pursue additional educational opportunities or elect to work in the field of criminal justice.

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Homeland Security

This Short-Term Certificate will provide students with an overview of homeland security practices, policies and programs in homeland security.

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Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement short-term certificate prepares students for future training and education in the field of law enforcement. This certificate enhances law enforcement professional skills and knowledge. It may assist the student in performing well in future civil service examinations for employment or promotion.

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Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Academy

This program of study will provide you with the complete Ohio Peace Officer basic officer training required by the State of Ohio for new Ohio law enforcement officers. Taught by state-certified commanders and instructors, the basic academy adheres to the required content, instructional and training standards necessary for individuals to become certified peace officers in the State of Ohio. The basic academy consists of over 600 hours of instruction delivered in 18 weeks of training. The curriculum is intensive and participants must devote significant time and effort to complete the program. Academic, physical fitness, firearms and other demanding skill sets are included in the program. At the conclusion of the training, students are required to take a 200-question written final exam administered by the Attorney General's Office to receive a certificate of completion. Graduates of this program typically seek employment as police officers, sheriff's deputies, park rangers or other positions in Ohio which require a law enforcement commission. The Sinclair Academy has placed hundreds of graduates in more than 300 law enforcement agencies in Ohio. Entrance into Sinclair's Criminal Justice Training Academy is a competitive process and not all applicants are accepted. The academy is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

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