Corrections and Police Science
Division of Social Sciences and Human Services
Correctional officers are charged with overseeing individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or other hearing, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in jail, reformatory or penitentiary. Police officers, detectives and special agents are responsible for enforcing statutes, laws and regulations designed to protect life and property.
Correctional officers maintain and observe inmate conduct and behavior to prevent disturbances and escapes. Many correctional officers work in small county and municipal jails or as deputy sheriffs or police officers with wide-ranging responsibilities. Others are assigned to large state and federal prisons where job duties are more specialized. Regardless of the setting, correctional officers maintain order within the institution, enforce rules and regulations and may supplement whatever counseling inmates receive from psychologists, social workers or other mental health professionals.
Many law enforcement officers spend much of their time interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives and criminals, collecting evidence and providing testimony in court. Others spend most of their time patrolling a designated area to preserve the peace and to prevent crime.
They resolve problems within the community and enforce laws governing motor vehicle operations. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs generally enforce the law in rural areas or places where there is no local police department. Detectives and special agents work as plainclothes investigators, gathering facts and collecting evidence for criminal cases. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects and participate in raids or arrests.
For detailed career information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco
Educational Opportunities in Corrections and Police Science at LCCC
One-Year Technical Certificate in Police Science
The objective of the Certificate Program is to supply current information and knowledge to the police science fields to individuals already employed as criminal justice officers or persons who are preparing themselves for full or part-time employment in a local police agency. The program is structured that the general needs of the student are met as far as practicable in a certificate program. All coursework listed below can be used to satisfy the requirements of the Associate Degree in Police Science. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.
Associate of Applied Science in Justice Systems – Police Science
A police science graduate could expect to seek and gain employment in either public or private agencies and organizations requiring employment of those with law enforcement, investigative and related backgrounds. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.
Associate of Applied Science in Justice Systems – Corrections
The Justice Systems-Correction program leads to employment or advancement in local, state and federal public and privately-managed corrections facilities and community-based corrections programs. Corrections graduates also find employment in the expanding areas of crisis intervention, post-incident care, personal and group counseling services, in substance abuse response, and with local, juvenile justice systems. Lorain County Community College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.
Other Related Educational Opportunities at LCCC
LCCC Police Academy
This course of training consists of approximately 640 hours of instruction, which exceeds the minimum OPOTC requirement of 558 curriculum hours. Classes will generally be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm. However, the LCCC Police Training Academy reserves the right to schedule limited evening and Saturday sessions for specialized training. Candidates who successfully complete the Police Academy will receive 23 hours of credits. Financial aid may be available for those who are eligible. The course of instruction offered at the Lorain County Community College (LCCC) Police Training Academy will qualify the student to take the required Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) certification test for the position of Police Officer.
Educational Offerings through LCCC’s University Partnership
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice degree program is designed for those students who have completed an associate degree in criminal justice. The goal of the BSAS program is to provide advanced educational opportunities beyond the technical scope of the student’s associate degree. The program provides students with additional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enhance their career mobility in the criminal justice field. In addition, the degree program allows students to pursue further education at the graduate level. The program is based on a two-plus-two concept where the associate degree courses provide the technical education for the first two years of the baccalaureate degree program. The plus-two component consists of additional criminal justice core courses, a selection of multidisciplinary courses, and general University requirements. The general education courses
can all be LCCC courses.
Faculty interests include criminology, juvenile delinquency, juvenile violence, police management, correctional counseling, judicial processes, legal research, criminal law and procedure, crime prevention, victimology, research methods and statistics, and computer applications in criminal justice.
Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Management
The bachelor of arts in public safety management degree is designed to equip public safety officials with additional management and communication skills to address the needs of their urban constituents; allow for in-depth study of community safety needs and problems, as well as providing; analytical tools for addressing injustice for those living and working in urban settings; provide access to faculty members with governmental and public management expertise; and prepare students for future career challenges in public safety services.