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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 State 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 and a special application process . 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 State 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.
Basic Peace Officer Academy
Edison State awards 16 semester credit hours for completion of the Basic Peace Officer Academy. These credits can be applied toward a two-year associate degree and are transferable to other institutions. The curriculum of the Academy at Edison State is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including:
- Human Relations
- Subject Control
- First Aid
- Civil Disorders
- Physical Conditioning
- Homeland Security
Students will register twice during the Academy, taking 8 credits hours each semester. The Academy will satisfy or exceed the training hours required by the Ohio Commission and will prepare students for all areas of the State Peace Officer Certification Exam. Physical fitness conditioning is also a requirement; the criteria for minimum standards are set by the OPOTC. Students must pass the entire Academy course satisfactorily to qualify to sit for the State Exam required to become a peace officer in the State of Ohio.
Four academies are scheduled per year:
- One day and one evening Academy begin in January
- One day and one evening Academy begin in July
Each academy runs for approximately 20 weeks and includes more than 600 hours of instruction.
- Day Academy hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; periodic Sunday attendance is required. Academy hours subject to change.
- Evening Academy hours: Monday - Friday, 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; periodic Sunday attendance is required. Academy hours subject to change.
Training is held at the Piqua Campus of Edison State Community College. Other locations may be utilized for the practical training blocks of instruction. For example, some physical training is held outdoors and firearms training is held off campus.
Basic Peace Officer Academy Applicants
Academy applications are available three months prior to the start of each Academy and must be completed and turned in no later than four weeks prior to the start of the Academy you wish to attend. To maintain safety and provide a quality training environment, class size of each Academy is between 15-36 students. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) requires a minimum number of students to hold an Academy.
Persons wishing to enter the academy who do not hold a current oath or commission with an Ohio law enforcement agency are eligible to enroll under Open Enrollment. Four weeks prior to the start of the Academy, each Open Enrollment applicant must complete a multi-page application and submit to a short interview with a review committee for a seat in the Academy.
In addition to complying with the College's general admission procedures, Open Enrollment Academy applicants must:
- Be 21 years of age at the conclusion of the Academy;
- Have a valid Ohio driver's license;
- Not have any felony or domestic violence convictions.
Sworn officers holding a current oath or commission with any Ohio law enforcement agency are eligible to enroll and are automatically accepted into the Academy. If a sworn officer only needs to complete part of the curriculum, the Academy Commander will work with the officer to schedule the appropriate attendance dates.
Equipment required for the program can be included in your request for financial aid. Get pricing before you apply and discuss this with the Financial Aid department. Financial aid is available for Academy students who pursue and officially declare a Criminal Justice degree major.