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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA, Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER, Industry Certification

Pathway: Business, Technology and Public Service

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

Transferability: Transferable

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Check out some of the criminal justice classes you will be taking at Pikes Peak State College.
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Introduces students to the basic components of the criminal justice system in the United States. Concepts of crime, crime data, victimization, perspectives and views of crime, theory, and law are discussed. Particular attention to the criminal justice process, interaction and conflict between criminal justice agencies, and current criminal justice issues are examined.

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Focuses on basic procedures in crime scene management to include photography and preparing initial reports and sketches. Includes processing evidence and related criminalistic procedures. Covers interviewing suspects, witnesses and victims to include the recording of identifications and descriptions. Incorporates lab and lecture.

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Focuses on the adolescent who violates social and legal norms and the consequences for the individual and society. Emphasizes the social and psychological factors influencing individual delinquent patterns.

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Voices of PPSC

Gary Horton

Voices of PPSC

The camaraderie at Pikes Peak can be compared to the type of family environment I enjoyed as a law enforcement officer. PPSC wants to see the students and their fellow coworkers succeed. You are recognized for your achievements by your coworkers and administration alike.

Gary Horton
Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement


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Program Learning Outcomes

The Pikes Peak Law Enforcement Academy (PPRLEA) prepares you to start your career as a law enforcement officer. Students completing the program earn Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards & Training) certification - making them immediately employable as police, sheriffs, and other sworn positions. 

PPSC Law Enforcement Academy graduates and other P.O.S.T. certified students are eligible to have up to 30 credits awarded to them as they pursue a degree in Criminal Justice

There are numerous professional organizations that represent the criminal justice industry in which you may find more information regarding criminal justice careers and professional support.

Finding work in your field (or any field) can be challenging for anyone. Here are some resources that you can use to find a career that suits you and build a resume to win a job.

  • Pikes Peak Workforce Center Website | A comprehensive resource that offers job search assistance, resume preparation, and other career-related services for job seekers in the Pikes Peak region. 
  • Robert Half Research and Insights | A widely respected human resources consulting firm - Robert Half research and insights can give you industry respected tips and advice for job searches and resumes.
  • PPSC Career Services | The college's portal for students and employers to post and search for jobs. You may also visit the PPSC Jobs website for on-campus student employment opportunities.
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Criminal Justice Faculty Contact

Michael Merson
(719) 502-3300
Centennial Campus F300

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