Criminal Justice

Security, 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.

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.

Academic prerequisites

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

Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school