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"I enrolled in classes at OCtech when I was in high school through their Middle College program and took classes when I was home for summer break from USC. Thanks to all my credits earned at OCtech, I was able to graduate in 3 ½ years with a degree in Criminal Justice."
Hunter Shaw
2012 University of South Carolina Graduate
Employed by the Richland County

Criminal Justice

photo of poice by carThe Criminal Justice Program will prepare you to serve and protect the public.  If you are interested in serving your community, there are many fields open to graduates such as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, youth services officers, probation and parole officers and many more at the local, state and federal government level as well as in private industry. There is a transfer agreement option for this program with The Citadel.


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Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.  
Median salary: $37,100

Correctional Officer
Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions. 
Median salary: $29,500

Security Guard
Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.   Median salary: $21,700 



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Associate in Applied Science:
Major in Criminal Justice


SC Highway Patrol
Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department
Federal Bureau of Prisons 

Forensics - 100%
Security - 100%

Name of Program: Associate Degree, Criminal Justice and Related Certificates
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
• Demonstrate professionalism when performing public relations tasks.
• Use judgment and decision making skills based on available knowledge to analyze and resolve problems that may arise on a daily basis.
• Apply basic theory/skills of police patrol when faced with the day-to-day challenges of the criminal justice profession.
• Demonstrate knowledge of investigative skills by identifying and using the proper techniques to ensure a thorough investigation is completed.
• Demonstrate knowledge of court rules and procedures as they relate to all participants of the courtroom workgroup (judges, lawyers, officers, defendants, victims, etc.).
• Demonstrate knowledge of the rules and procedures associated with correctional facilities and detention centers with an emphasis on the rights of inmates and safety issues (with regard to the public, employees, and inmates).
• Demonstrate knowledge of the rules and procedures associated with juvenile proceedings and the role of all parties involved (child, parents, judges, lawyers, experts, social workers, etc.)
• Demonstrate knowledge of the duties and roles probation and parole officers have within the criminal justice system.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the security officer’s role within the criminal justice system versus that of a police officer.
• Demonstrate knowledge of victims’ rights and the variety of referral systems available to offer support to victims of crime.
• Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in conjunction with active listening skills.