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Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement Certificate

Law Enforcement academy students will gain computer skills with this certificate to be better prepared for jobs in law enforcement with the completion of two additional classes – Computer Applications and Computer Crime for Law Enforcement.

All courses in this certificate apply towards the Law Enforcement Associate of Technical Studies degree.

Students who want to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice degree may apply a portion of the Law Enforcement academy credits and the two additional computer class credits toward the degree.

Applicants should be between the ages of 21 - 35 to become employed by police agencies under civil service. Some police departments and sheriff offices not under civil service may hire past the age of 35.


What am I expected to learn?

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic law enforcement skills, criminal justice techniques, and problem solving methodologies

  • Describe and apply current laws (federal, state, & municipal) to various situations involving crimes and/or civil offenses

  • Apply learned information, concepts, and theories to successfully investigate crime/accident scenes,

  • conduct interviews and interrogations, provide reports and courtroom testimony as needed, and interface with appropriate law enforcement professionals and/or agencies

  • Demonstrate the safe and effective use of firearms, unarmed self-defense methods, and first aid

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of computer applications and apply to record, analyze, and present information

Admission Standard

In addition to general college admission, the Law Enforcement academy requires individuals to meet specialized admission criteria such as a physical examination and background investigation.

Upon successful completion of all academy requirements, students will be eligible to take the OPOTA exam.

The next academy will run August 2015 – May 2016. Classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings 6–10 p.m. and occasional Friday/Saturday/Sunday sessions are required. There is mandatory attendance in all classes.

Students must meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • Have committed no felonies or serious misdemeanors

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

  • Pass a health and physical exam and a criminal background check from a law enforcement agency

  • Furnish a copy of their valid Ohio driver’s license


Contact us

Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, Oh. 43302


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