Criminal Justice

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“To serve and protect”…this phrase will take on new meaning when you enroll in the Criminal Justice program. This profession constantly demands thorough and up-to-date training for professional law enforcement personnel. The Criminal Justice program at Polaris Career Center is committed to providing you with the quality education and training needed to perform effectively in a wide variety of career positions within the criminal justice field.

You will be trained in the enforcement of the law and the protection of life and property in both the public and private sectors. Dressed in uniforms, you will assist Polaris Career Center, associate schools, and the community at special events. Successful completion of this program may also lead to certification by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission as a private security officer.

To enroll in the Criminal Justice program, you and your parent/guardian must agree to allow a review of your school records and a background check to be conducted by local law enforcement agencies, as well as drug screening.

As a Criminal Justice student, you need to be physically fit, honest, patient, and have good judgment. You should also be able to work with a minimum of supervision, and as part of a team, and enjoy having a clear set of rules and guidelines.


High School Credit Junior Year
Criminal Justice: 2.5, Technology: .5, Forensics: 1.0
Potential College Semester Hour Credit
Cuyahoga Community College:
Chancellor University:
Hocking College:
CTAG qualified credit

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Course of Study/Syllabus

Sample Assignments

Additional Information

Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 184.00

Senior: $  75.00

Criminal Justice 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Chief Michael Barrett, Wellington Police Department
Mr. Michael E. Boyko, Cuyahoga Community College
Mr. Frank Fatsie, The Sherwin Williams Company
Mr. Ryan Fioritto, Tenable Protective Services
Chief David Frank, Holden Arboretum
Chief Terry Grice, Montville Police Department
Mr. Tristan Harker, Southwest General Health Center
Captain John Reese, North Ridgeville Fire Department
Mr. Tom Scott, Lubrizol Corporation
Lt. Paul Shepard, Fairview Park Police Department
Lt. Matthew Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police

Criminal Justice - Traine

Teacher: Jeffrey Traine

Master of Education, Kent State University
Bachelor of Arts-Criminal Justice, Baldwin-Wallace College
Associate of Applied Science Law Enforcement, Cuyahoga Community College
Certifications: Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Security Academy Commander since 1995; Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Security Academy Instructor since 1995; Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Basic Peace Officer Academy Commander since 2002; Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Basic Peace Officer Academy Self Defense Instructor; Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Basic Peace Officer Academy Subject Control Instructor; Ohio Peace Office Training Commission Basic Peace Officer Academy Instructor since 2002; serve as “Mentor” for entry level teachers
Years at Polaris: 20
Industry Experience: 1999-Present Ohio Department of Natural Resources State Parks – Park Officer (Ranger); 1998-1999 Geauga County Sheriff Department, Chardon, Oh – Special Deputy – volunteer position; 1995-2003 Cuyahoga Community College – part-time Faculty Member; 1993-1995 Cleveland Police Department – Police Officer – basic patrol; 1986-1983 – Olmsted Twp. Police Department – Police Officer – duties include: basic patrol, case investigations and child abuse cases; 1982-1987 Harbor Light Complex, Cleveland, Oh – Security Supervisor/Counselor – supervision of security employees and the monitoring of county, state and federal correction residents; 1985-1986 – Grafton Police Department, Grafton, Oh – Police Officer – part-time; 1983-1985 – Medina County Sheriff Department, Medina, Oh – Special Deputy – volunteer position
Interests/Hobbies: Enjoy spending time with my children and have coached several of their teams

Teacher: Michael Stone


Education: Graduate of Polaris Career Center – 1997.  Sergeant in the Army for 4 1/2 years.  Polaris Adult Education Police Academy – graduate 2002.

Years at Polaris: 2
Industry Experience: Montville Police Officer for 9 years.  Security officer for Polaris Career Center.
Interests/Hobbies: He enjoys off-roading with his family and watching the Browns.


  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Security
  • OPOTA Security Academy
  • Emergency Service Certification
  • Terrorism awareness
  • Communication skills and human relations skills
  • Accident and crime scene investigation
  • Subject Control and use of firearms and Police Straight Baton
  • Tactical Handcuffing
  • First aid and CPR
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Report writing skills
  • Techniques and mechanics of arrest
  • Pepper spray certification
  • 911 Telecommunications course


  • Evidence collection and plaster casting kits
  • Police radio
  • Handcuffs
  • Fingerprinting equipment
  • Camera
  • Redman self-defense suit
  • Computer
  • Investigative Software
  • .38 caliber revolver and .9 mm
  • Police Straight Baton
  • OC/pepper spray

Career Options

  • Private security officer and industrial security
  • Ohio State Patrol cadet
  • Police dispatcher
  • Military police officer and Federal protection officer
  • Fingerprint technician
  • Bureau of Criminal Identification officer
  • Traffic/parking control officer
  • Police officer/Deputy sheriff*
  • Ohio State Trooper*
  • Federal law enforcement intern*

*Most police departments in Ohio, which include federal law enforcement agencies, require you to be 21 to become a law enforcement officer. A department that is not civil service may hire you at 18, especially out-of-state departments.

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • F.B.I. special agent
  • Immigration Customs Enforcement special agent
  • Secret Service agent
  • C.I.A. clandestine operations field officer
  • A.T.F. special agent
  • Border Patrol officer
  • GSA Police officer
  • State Criminal Investigation Agency special agent
  • Railroad Police special agent