The Department of Criminal Justice & Public Safety & Training Center

The Department of Criminal Justice and Public Safety & Training Center offers two degree programs:

The purpose of the Criminal Justice program at Onondaga Community College is to educate students to be critical thinkers who can communicate their thoughts effectively in oral and written form, as well as to provide them with a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice field.  The program strives not only to familiarize students with facts and concepts, but also more importantly, teach students to use ethical behavior in applying this knowledge to related problems and changing fact situations.

The Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree prepares the student for a Criminal Justice entry-level position in law enforcement, homeland security, corrections, private security and as a juvenile delinquent counseling assistant and probation officer assistant.

The Criminal Justice A.S. degree prepares the student for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities for advanced studies in criminal justice, criminology, criminalistics, pre-law, homeland security and sociology. Preparation for careers as practitioners and managers in local, state and federal agencies working in the fields of law enforcement, homeland security, corrections, criminal law, private security and as criminal justicians and criminologists in the field of higher education.


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The Public Safety Training Center

The Public Safety Training Center offers four academic programs:

Emergency Management is a fast growing field that applies a variety of skills and backgrounds to managing an emergency situation. In addition to the growing number of jobs in this field, emergency management is an increasing responsibility in a variety of public and private entities. This program provides education and experience in the four key components of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

The Public Safety Training Center (PSTC), provides nationally recognized training delivered by veteran public safety and emergency response providers to law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical service, school district, and industrial response team personnel, as well as the general public. Because this diverse audience often comes together in crisis situations, the PSTC strives to deliver this training in a realistic setting. Using computer simulations and incident management software, the states largest simulator incident management board, and the most up to date training materials available, the Public Safety Training Center staff is noted for its ability to work across discipline lines. It is not uncommon to see a fire fighter teaching police candidates, a paramedic teaching firefighters or an industrial response expert teaching emergency medical service workers. Frequently, these audiences are training in the same room, learning to share information and bond with others dealing with an emergency situation.

This unique community-wide approach to training has received recognition for excellence from both state and national agencies, cited as some of the most innovative programs in the nation. Programs deal with critical incident management, emergency services response to terrorism, disaster preparedness and recovery, crisis communications and personal emergency preparedness.

For more information, visit the   Public Safety Training Center website.

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