The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a broad educational background for students who are interested in understanding the complexities of the criminal justice system. The program is intended to serve individuals who are seeking entry-level positions, especially in local and state law enforcement agencies; juvenile and adult corrections; probation and parole; and public and private security agencies. This program equips students to become law enforcement or corrections officers. In addition to the technical skills and content, general education courses develop students to better handle social issues while performing their jobs.
The Criminal Justice program further educates students who complete the Basic Peace Officer Academy at Edison and who passed the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Certification examination. Students who wish to first take the degree requirements may select the Basic Peace Officer Academy at conclusion of the program.
The Academy has special admission requirements. The candidate must have a valid Ohio driver's license and be twenty-one years old by the end of the Academy. Also, no candidate may have any felony or domestic violence convictions. All candidates must complete a short interview with a review committee before final acceptance into the academy. Students must contact the Edison Business and Industry Department for the Academy application materials at least two months prior to the start of the Academy they wish to attend. Graduates of this program planning to continue their education at a four-year institution will find easy transfer to most institutions. Students should tailor their Edison program closely with the requirements of the four-year institution.
The Computer Forensics Option is a two-year program combining criminal justice with network and computer security. Students will take courses to prepare them to detect illegal network acts and learn how to obtain and ready evidence for prosecution of criminal acts.