Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Last Updated: 7/15/2020 6:44 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

The Criminal Justice Program has a recommended uniform. This uniform is called a “Class A lab/classroom uniform” and consists of one pair of black pants, one black polo shirt, black boots, black belt, shoe shining kit and program fleece. I have done the leg work for you, finding the most affordable uniform in the Athens County area. Rocky Boots (41 E. Canal Street, Nelsonville) sells most of these items to the students in our program at an amazing cost. Rocky Boots will help order and make sure you get the appropriate gear I have outlined. Please know your size before ordering.

Each cadet should have a pair of athletic shoes they can use during the year for physical training. During physical activities, the students will wear either black shorts (arm length), black sweat pants and a red P/T shirt (also can be purchased at Rocky Boots).

All uniforms should be purchased prior to school beginning so we can look and act as a unit.

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