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Criminal Justice Science

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Sinclair’s criminal justice department recognizes that education provides new opportunities to your achieve occupational goals—helping you become a productive member of society.

Our programs are organized to train and retrain individuals for corrections and law enforcement careers. Our graduates have the ability to further their careers to work as public servants, as police officers, security and enforcement professionals, and even military personnel.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy helping others and meeting the needs of those around you.
  • You would like to provide a valuable service to your community.
  • You are interested in gaining strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • You want to enter a profession that provides you with a variety of different working environments.

We are committed to creative leadership in all our educational programs. The criminal justice faculty and staff are dedicated to fostering the values necessary for future police officers and civil servants. Through carefully designed coursework, our students are educated and experienced as innovative and progressive professionals.

We also work to meet the needs of the community by identifying and assisting those who need its services, stimulating the development of new concepts, providing leadership for economic and cultural development, and serving as a resource center for community-based initiatives.

Short-term Technical Certificate


This certificate is designed to provide the student with the basics necessary for entry-level employment in a correctional environment. These courses can be applied to the associate degree in Corrections if desired.

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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

This Short-Term 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.

Interested in learning more about this certificate program?

Already know the program that is right for you?

Fill out an online admissions application to get started or visit the New Student Enrollment website to find out more.

Degree Programs

Criminal Justice Science/Corrections - Associate of Applied Science

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.

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Criminal Justice Science/Law Enforcement - Associate of Applied Science

This program prepares students for careers as law enforcement officers. It is designed for students who are new to law enforcement, as well as for those who are already employed as law enforcement officers and want to add to their knowledge and skill sets and perform well on civil service exams for promotions.

Interested in learning more about this degree program?

Already know the program that is right for you?

Fill out an online admissions application to get started or visit the New Student Enrollment website to find out more.

Specialized Courses & Programs

Basic Police Officer Training (24 credit hours)

Course Requirements:

CJS 280 - Basic Police Officer Training I (12 credit hours)
CJS 281 - Basic Police Officer Training II (12 credit hours)

These two 12-credit hour classes provide you with complete basic training required by the State of Ohio for prospective police officers. The two courses each account for one-half of the required training in order to be eligible for certification to perform law enforcement duties. Sinclair’s Criminal Justice Training Academy offers a standard curriculum, taught by OPOTA-certified commanders and instructors, that follows the required content, instructional and training standards for individuals to become certified peace officers in the State of Ohio, as mandated by the Ohio Attorney General. All law enforcement officers in the state must successfully complete an academy prior to performing the functions of a peace officer.

The academy consists of nearly 700 hours of instruction spaced over two consecutive quarters 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 nearly 2,000 graduates in more than 175 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 winter and summer sessions. The academy is offered in both winter and summer sessions. The application period for the winter session is fall quarter and the application period for the summer session occurs in spring quarter.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about or applying to enter this program, please contact the Criminal Justice Training Academy, located in Building 19 on Sinclair’s Dayton location, 219 South Wilkinson Street—near the corner of Fifth and Wilkinson Streets.

Web site: www.sinclair.edu/academics/bps/departments/cjta
E-mail: sinclair.academy@sinclair.edu
Phone: (937) 512-2270

Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Criminal Justice Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Criminal Justice Science, A.A.S.

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Central State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Cincinnati

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including those in the criminal justice field, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the criminal justice programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: