Corrections & Law Enforcement
Corrections officials stressed that fact at a recent advisory committee meeting, said Mary Jo Kennedy, JCC criminal justice coordinator. There is a need for men and women across the state, and women in particular for the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility. In Michigan, now only women can supervise women prisoners, and recently there has been a shortage of applicants.
To become a corrections officer, applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 college credits in a prescribed selection of courses, including correctional administration, criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling and guidance, law enforcement and more. JCC offers associate degree and certificate programs in corrections. Students may benefit from JCC’s transfer agreement with Siena Heights University, allowing them to transfer up to 90 credits from JCC to Siena Heights and with all courses needed for a bachelor’s degree available on JCC’s campus.
Personnel in law enforcement and corrections perform a variety of services to help protect the public and maintain order. Law enforcement fields include careers such as police officers and detectives, who are charged with protecting lives and property, and investigating and apprehending individuals who break the laws. Corrections officers are charged with overseeing individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or have been convicted of a crime and are serving time in a jail or penitentiary.
JCC offers associate degree and certificate options in both law enforcement and corrections, as well as the State of Michigan Certified Corrections Officer curriculum of 15 credit hours necessary now prior to employment in the field. Students may benefit from JCC’s transfer agreement with Siena Heights University, allowing them to transfer up to 90 credits from JCC to Siena Heights and with all courses needed for a bachelor’s degree available on JCC’s campus. Police officers must also complete academy training prior to employment in Michigan.