Careers in Law Enforcement

The criminal justice program of Lakeland Community College are designed to prepare persons to serve the community and its individuals in a variety of criminal justice settings.

As theory and practices form the basis for knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, students are required to observe and participate in class. Graduates are prepared to perform the basic duties and tasks associated with entry-level positions in criminal justice and corrections and/or continue their education.

Benefits of the Program

Lakeland's criminal justice degree program introduces pre-service students to careers in law enforcement and/or corrections and equips students with both the skills and knowledge needed to ensure careers and/or additional education.

The program is also intended to support the continued professional growth of in-service practitioners through the enhancement of field-specifics and knowledge.

Some departments even award bonus points on entry-level and/or promotional exam to students who have successfully completed an associate degree in criminal justice. Therefore, the program provides educational and internship experiences that enable students to succeed at an entry-level criminal justice job or advance in their criminal justice career.


Academies are designed to introduce the pre-service officer to the SKAV's/skills, knowledge, abilities and values required of their chosen career.

In Ohio, corrections and police academies are organized by the state and combine both career SKAV's and academic enhancement. Therefore, Lakeland Community College's criminal justice department grants credit for successfully completing a State of Ohio Corrections Officer or Basic Police Academy.

Pursuing a Bachelor's or Graduate Degree

Lakeland's Holden University Center Partnership Programs make it seamless for Lakeland students to continue their education toward a bachelor's or graduate degree in criminal justice. Explore your options from state colleges and universities right here in Lake County.

Holden University Center Partnership Programs in Criminal Justice Fields
Lakeland's Mock Crime Scene Room

Criminal Justice Program Overview

Secret Service Training




Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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