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Criminal Justice Degree

OPOTA Certification Diploma

Working Toward a Degree of Safety
The Criminal Justice Diploma Certification program provides a broad understanding of the criminal justice system. The program includes the study of the United States court systems, correctional organizations, and law enforcement agencies. Students study the nature and extent of crime and delinquency, and the cause and explanation of criminal behavior. Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are rigorously applied and developed throughout the program of study. Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment in a variety of Criminal Justice fields. Upon completion of state and college program requirements, students will earn the Ohio Peace Officer Certification in addition to the Criminal Justice diploma.

Skills You'll Learn
1 Apply basic theories of criminal justice operations and management.
2 Communicate effectively within the criminal justice system.
3 Understand the laws regulating public conduct.
4 Understand and apply concepts of community-oriented policing.
5 Identify and resolve ethical issues in criminal justice.
6 Follow criminal law and procedures.
7 Use information technology skills in criminal justice applications.
8 Satisfy all state and college program requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Certification.
9 Utilize appropriate current technology and resources to locate and evaluate information needed to accomplish a goal, and then communicate findings in visual, written and/or oral formats.
10 Transfer knowledge, skills and behaviors acquired through formal and informal learning and life experiences to new situations.
11 Employ strategies for reflection on learning and practice in order to adjust learning processes for continual improvement.
12 Follow established methods of inquiry and mathematical reasoning to form conclusions and make decisions.
13 Participate in social, learning, and professional communities for personal and career growth.
Criminal Justice
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