Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Last Updated: 5/20/2020 12:27 PM

Program Description

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Program. The student experience at Tri-County Career Center is a unique combination of textbook learning and real world hands-on experiences. We apply Science, Math and Communication Skills to career opportunities.  Our approach to learning challenges students to obtain their very best potential.

Students in this program will receive training and experience needed to: gain employment in the private security sector or with local law enforcement agencies; continue their training at the post-secondary level; or enlist in the armed forces to further develop their career in military police science. Students will develop skills and learn techniques currently used by law enforcement professionals.

The training curriculum is based on OPOTC Peace Officer Basic Training. Upon completion, students should have cultivated the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for a continuous transition toward additional career training or entry-level placement related to the many criminal justice agencies.

Areas of Study

  • Ethics
  • Legal aspects of the Ohio system
  • Physical training
  • Defensive tactics
  • Communication skills
  • CPR/AED Adult and Infant
  • Private security
  • Fingerprinting and image casting
  • Arrest procedures
  • Crime scene processing
  • Traffic control
  • Mobile and foot patrol
  • Identify and classify crimes
  • Accurate report writing and records management
  • Working cooperatively with outside agencies
  • Professional behavior
  • Corrections & Cell Extractions 

Professional Certification Opportunities

  • O.C. Spray certification
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Taser Certification
  • Telecommunication (911 Dispatch)
  • Articulated credits toward a degree in Criminal Justice at Hocking College 
  •  NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800 Certifications (FEMA)
  • Impact Weapon Certification (Baton)

Leadership Organizations

  • SkillsUSA (Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America)
  • National Vocational Technical Honors Society
  • Explorers, Athens, Ohio

Instructor: Commander Mike Collins
740-753-3511 or 800-637-6508  

Fees and Recommended Tools

Required program fees may include safety glasses, tool rental, workbook, technology fees and dues for our professional organization. The Criminal Justice I Program has a uniform recommendation. This is for the “Class A Lab/Classroom Uniform” which consists of two pairs of black pants, two black polo shirts (shirts can be purchased at All American Trophy in The Plains) and a black belt.  We will meet with the students during the first week of school to discuss the uniform.

Each student should have black shoes or boots. Exercise wear for both warm and cold weather is needed (black shorts, black sweat pants and t-shirts are suggested). We will discuss with the class the first week to come up with a color for the exercise shirt.  Shoes for running are recommended (any good exercise shoe).   

Click here for the full list of program fees. For more information, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 740-753-3511.