The profession of law enforcement is on the threshold of a new era that will bring with it greater demands from the community for more highly qualified personnel. The opportunities for well‑educated and trained individuals are vast, and horizons are constantly expanding.
The Criminal Justice Program at Rhodes State College is designed to prepare those individuals who are seeking entry-level positions, especially in local, and state law enforcement agencies, as well as public and private security agencies. Criminal Justice associate degree graduates planning to continue their education at a four-year institution will find easy transfer to most institutions.
Rhodes State College also offers the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy through the Criminal Justice Program. The Academy has special admission requirements. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license, be twenty-one by the end of the academy, and no felony or domestic violence convictions. All candidates must complete a short interview and fitness test administered under the direction of the department chair prior to acceptance into the academy. Students who wish to first take the degree requirements may select the Basic Peace Officer Academy at the conclusion of the program.
Ohio Peace Officer Training for Certification cannot be taken through distance education. All OPOTA training must be taken in the classroom. Please contact the Chair for further clarification.
The Corrections Program is designed for students interested in the field of probation/parole, halfway house counselors, crime victim counselors, juvenile caseworkers and correctional institution employees.