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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice students learn hand cuffingSecurity, law enforcement and the criminal justice field are central to sound management of public and private enterprise.

Whether planning for a career as a trooper or cop or private investigator, the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Criminal Justice Program can get you to the first rung or higher of the career ladder in criminal justice.

Careers in the field include law enforcement officer at local, state or federal level, Information technology security manager, forensic technician, security or protection system manager, corrections officer, court or security officer, environmental officer, private investigator, bail enforcement officer, etc.

Video: view a videoclip of criminal justice class

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 6 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022
  • Median U.S. Salary: $56,980 per year  (in 2012)
  • Education requirements: Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college, or higher, degree. Most police and detectives must graduate from their agency's training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications.


CropsHow Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Open to juniors and seniors, the Criminal Justice program teaches students about the history, theory, practices and recent developments in these professions. They learn about police, court and prison systems, operation of security and protection programs, and procedures in public, commercial and residential settings.

Hands-on learning teaches patrolling and investigative skills, including radio use, note-taking, evidence gathering, and dealing with safety hazards and emergency situations, as well as lifting fingerprints, photographing and diagramming crime scenes. Criminal Justice students also study civil and criminal law. Students completing the program may enter the profession or continue their education at college or law enforcement or protection academies. Those who are age 18 or older may test for New York State Security Officer certification.

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Academic prerequisites

  • Success in this field requires individuals to be accountable, ethical and diplomatic. Students should possess respect for others and be mature.
  • Prerequisite from Criminal Justice II is succesful completion of Criminal Justice I.


College articulation agreements

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Columbia Greene Community College
  • Schenectady County Community College
  • SUNY Cobleskill



Teachers: William Cook and John Scott Murray in Albany; Gerald Place in Schoharie (Learn more about them using the provided links).

Integration teachers: Amy Schrom (science) at Schoharie and  Linda Garbellano (science) at Albany, as well as Anne-Marie Sheehan (English) at Albany andKen Bevan (English) at Schoharie. (Learn more about them by following the links)

Guidance couselors: Nina Farrell in Albany; Eileen Coffey in Schoharie (email them using the provided links)




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