Criminal Justice

Take on the big responsibility of protecting and serving the community with Austin Community College’s Criminal Justice Program. Through hands-on training at the Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus, you’ll learn practical and accessible training in the guidelines, procedures, and assorted skills to prepare you for emergencies, communication, crime prevention, investigation, and report writing. You must meet with the department chair prior to registration. Two associate degree programs and specialized certificates allow you to move straight into the workforce or transfer to a four-year university.

The Criminal Justice Program has multiple prerequisite requirements, and all students must meet with the department chair prior to registration.

Pride Points

Real-world experienced faculty

Public Safety Training Center

Tuition exemption program

*Source: Austin Police Department, 2019

Career & Salary Information

A growing field allows graduates to pursue a diverse option of careers including law enforcement, forensic science technician, private detective, or counselor. Here are some opportunities you might consider.

Click each title to learn more about important career information such as employment rates, and average salary in our region.

  • Bailiffs

    Maintain order in courts of law.


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  • Correctional Officers and Jailers

    Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Court Clerks

    Perform clerical duties in court of law; prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges; and contact witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

    Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Police Detectives

    Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Police Identification and Records Officers

    Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Police Patrol Officers

    Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

    Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Security Management Specialists

    Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security, personnel security, and information security. May work in fields such as health care, banking, gaming, security engineering, or manufacturing.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

    Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.


    Hourly Wage: $


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Awards & Program Maps

 

Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

Austin Community College offers associate degrees that give you a strong foundation leading to a career or university transfer. In career-tech programs, you also have the option to earn a certificate that requires enough credits for entry-level employment while you stack those credits toward an associate degree in your program. Learn more.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Corrections
Law Enforcement
Texas Peace Officer Specialization

Certificate Level 1

Texas Peace Officer Sequence Level 1

Field of Study

Criminal Justice Field of Study