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Criminal Justice Program

Campuses Offered: Toledo and Findlay
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Credits Required: 68-71

This major offers graduates the opportunity to serve in a local, state or federal agency as a law enforcement officer.

Persons who have or acquire a felony conviction or a conviction regarding drugs, weapons, domestic violence or moral turpitude will find employment in the criminal justice field extremely unlikely.

Police work can be dangerous and stressful because officers pursue and apprehend persons who break the law and then either issue citations or give warnings, depending on the nature of the crime. Officers spend a good deal of their day writing reports and maintaining records that will be needed if they testify in court.

Education requirements for police officers range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Job opportunities are most favorable for graduates with an associate's degree or higher who also possess bilingual skills with training in police science or military police experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Employment is expected to grow 10 percent nationally through 2018 due to population growth.
  • Median annual wages for police and sheriff's officers was $51,400 in 2008, with the middle 50 percent earning between $38,800 and the $64,900.
  • Earnings for this profession frequently exceed the stated salary because of payments for overtime, which can be significant

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