The criminal justice field includes a broad scope of work in municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement organizations or corrections systems. Positions requiring law enforcement education are available at all levels of government as well as in private industry. The OCCC Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the criminal justice field. The field of criminal justice includes jobs such as law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, corrections officers and juvenile workers. Persons in the criminal justice field may work in a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement organization or corrections system.

Duties range from crime prevention programs to investigative and uniform patrols. Technical skills such as data processing and criminalistics are used to support overall criminal justice operations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Learning experiences in this program are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

  • Prepare quality reports of investigations in a manner that communicates concise and factual information and is capable of withstanding courtroom scrutiny.
  • Conduct searches and seizures in a manner that complies with statutory and constitutional requirements.
  • Communicate with individuals using verbal and non-verbal methods that recognize diverse cultures, ethnic groups and non-traditional populations.
  • Carry out criminal investigations using effective and legal interrogation techniques.
  • Manage initial custody of adults and juveniles with an understanding of differing procedures.
  • Recognize behaviors during encounters with individuals that indicate substance abuse or mental health issues.

State of Oregon Employment Department

Criminal Justice Courses