This program introduces law enforcement and emergency service careers aimed at high school students and young adults under 21 years of age. Students will study criminal law, police function, defensive tactics, jail detention, and firearm safety. Students will also learn how to process crime scenes, collect evidence, and use related equipment. Applied concepts in physical fitness will be part of the program. Upon completing this major, students 17 years or older will be qualified to take the Oklahoma State Unarmed Security Guard License exam (CLEET Phases I & II). Students will also become certified in CPR and First Aid.
***Individuals 21 years of age or older interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to enroll in one of the many Basic Peace Officer Certification (BPOC) training that are offered around the state.
Students will be required to adhere to the Criminal Justice Program Standards.
Hands-on activities will include participation in SkillsUSA contests. Students will also apply their knowledge with traffic stops, report writing, jail detention, radio procedures, crime scene investigation, forensic processes, and evidence packaging.
Law Enforcement Officer
Security Guard (Unarmed)
Criminal Justice Officer
Intro to Criminal Justice & Emergency Services
Patrol Tactics I
Criminal Investigations I
Detention & Communications
Students in the criminal justice program will participate in SkillsUSA. This organization promotes professionalism, leadership, and skill attainment for students. Students are expected to maintain active membership in these organizations to advance their skills.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities to help them gain experiences relative to their criminal justice education. These activities are not all inclusive but may include:
The program uniform will consist of khaki tactical pants, a royal blue and navy blue professional polo shirt, a white undershirt, a desert tan tactical belt, and a MTC Student identification card. Footwear must be black in color. The physical fitness uniform will consist of a grey t-shirt, black athletic shorts, white or black socks, and running shoes.
The instructor will have locations for ordering specific uniform items listed above. A white t-shirt and black or green socks are also required. PT uniform will include white or black socks and running shoes.
The estimated uniform cost is approximately $350. (Students selected to join the program will receive more information before starting class).
Any student who is missing part of their uniform or whose uniform has not been properly maintained may be held out of skills training and will not receive credit for activities until their uniform is brought back to standards.
Physical training is an integral part of this program and proper workout attire will be required for workouts.
For any workout session, appropriate dress requirements include:
WorkKeys®, an assessment tool from the ACT® organization, measures skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT®-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on three WorkKeys® assessments.
Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success. To learn about the WorkKeys® scores needed for your future career field visit Job Profiles.
In order to be successful in a career, students will need to meet all technical and academic standards related to their career of choice at Meridian. Meridian offers rigorous programs of study designed in cooperation with business and industry to ensure students are fully prepared for the demands of the workplace.
When a student completes all standards as set forth in their program of study, they will be considered a graduate of Meridian and receive the Career Ready Credential. Students who do not meet these standards will not be considered graduates of Meridian. Students should have:
Students earning a Career Ready Credential may also earn the Postsecondary Ready Endorsement, Citizenship Ready Endorsement and the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).