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Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Criminal justice and law enforcement professionals provide essential services to their communities both locally and at the state level. They safeguard citizens, provide emergency medical services, and assure that laws are followed. Professionals may work in law enforcement agencies, in correctional facilities, or for emergency service agencies.

If you have an interest in providing support to your community, this may be a career to consider.

Students in the Criminal Justice & Public Safety program will take courses in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Psychology, Writing, and Criminal Law. The cooperative work experience, which is the capstone of the program, gives students the opportunity to work directly with local law enforcement and public safety agencies.

NOTE: Students are required to pass a criminal background check and drug test prior to registering for the CJA 280A Cooperative Education class. Students must be approved by the cooperative education provider prior to starting CJA 280A.

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Career Pathways

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety has four Career Pathways certificates. All courses count toward the degree.

Individuals who are DPSST certified can earn up to 21 college credits toward their degree for their on-the-job experience.

  1. Corrections Technician Certificate: 16 Credits
    • Entry-level jobs doing technical work in a technical setting.
  2. Corrections Professional Certificate: 26 Credits
    • For professionals already in the field.
  3. Law Enforcement Specialist Certificate: 27 Credits
    • Work as a security guard, patrol officer, or compliance officer.
  4. Emergency Medical Services Certificate: 17 Credits
    • In order to sit for the State of Oregon certification exam, students need to take EMS 105, EMT part 1 and EMS 106, EMT part 2.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply principles of search and seizure processes that comply with statutory and constitutional requirements.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills, including the ability to write error- free police reports capable of withstanding courtroom scrutiny.
  • Demonstrate  good  verbal  &  interpersonal  communication  skills  that recognize diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and non-traditional populations.
  • Apply  criminal  investigation  processes  using  effective  &  legal techniques.
  • Apply practices and principles of community corrections, treatment, and custodial processes for adults and juveniles.
  • Demonstrate professional integrity by applying ethical principles of criminal justice policies, practices, and evaluation of their implications.