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Have you always been interested in a law enforcement career, but don’t know where to start? Are you logical, rational and consistent in the way you approach things? Do you get satisfaction out of helping people?

Studying Criminal Justice at the colleges of DCCCD can prepare you for a variety of careers that’s limited only by your commitment and drive to succeed! There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.

Our programs give you valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. Practical courses include dealing with criminal behavior, methods of criminology, public policy, interpersonal communication and ethical issues in criminal justice.

Get started in Criminal Justice at DCCCD today!

Sample Criminal Justice courses and electives include:

  • Community Resources in Corrections
  • Correctional System and Practices
  • Court Systems and Practices
  • Crime in America
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Police Systems and Practices

Additional courses such as sociology, public speaking, speech communication, math, composition, computers, Spanish and more will give you a well-rounded education.

Credit Courses, Degrees and Certificates

Our catalog provides detailed information about the Criminal Justice credit courses we offer and the courses required for Criminal Justice degrees and certificates.

Important note: Before applying to any law enforcement agency, please check with its recruiters to see how many hours of study are required for admission. Requirements vary from agency to agency and it is your responsibility to know the credit hours needed for the position you are seeking.

Peace Officer Training and TCLEOSE Licensing

Cedar Valley College, located in Lancaster, and Eastfield College, located in Mesquite, both offer state-certified Basic Peace Officer training courses and certification licensed through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). These programs are administered through the Continuing Education Divisions at each college.

Students who successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer course are eligible to take the Texas Peace Officer examination, offered at both Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges, and to perform law enforcement jobs at entry level. Specialized courses may also be used to fulfill the TCLEOSE-mandated 40 hours of training required for peace officers every two years.

Get more information on Cedar Valley College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

Get more information on Eastfield College’s Criminal Justice Training Center.