Criminal Justice


Why study Criminal Justice?

Answer the call to public service with Criminal Justice at COCC, choosing from career-aligned degrees in Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Corrections. Content is diverse and detailed, covering subjects in emergency management, crime scene investigations, court system fundamentals, correctional processes, ethical decision-making, and mental health for first responders, among others. With an emphasis on applied learning and internships, the programs are community-connected and draw on the expertise of many criminal justice professionals. 

"I have always been impressed by the level of education, vocational support, and partnership COCC has provided. I have hired and worked alongside police officers who graduated from COCC’s Criminal Justice program."

Chief Devin Lewis, Redmond Police Department

Specialty training resources: a 911-dispatch simulation center; a Police Academy that trains civic volunteers; a student Criminal Justice Club; a fitness training area for the Oregon Police Physical Abilities Test; plus, practical learning partnerships with local agencies, community events, and the College’s own Campus Safety department.

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Program-Specific Information

Criminal Justice involves the study of crime from a systems perspective. Topics include law and due process, investigation, evidence, corrections, ethics, and crime in society. COCC offers courses and programs to serve students who are preparing to transfer for a bachelor’s degree and students seeking immediate employment. Careers include law enforcement officers, corrections officers, security officers, lab workers, paralegals, private investigators, and social workers. 




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Career Paths in Criminal Justice


Ceaira Casselman

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Student and Alumni Stories


Roxie Suplee - criminal justice faculty teaching a group of students

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Faculty Profiles


Criminal Justice Department
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Roxie Supplee
Program Director
Criminal Justice Assistant Professor I

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Administrative Assistant

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