Criminal Justice


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Start your career in law enforcement or security in as little as one year with our Criminal Justice certificate program. This 24-credit program focuses on the fundamentals of law, psychology, and sociology to help you make a difference in your community.

Career Outlook: Law Enforcement

The criminal justice field offers a variety of rewarding career opportunities. Criminal justice professionals often work in areas such as law enforcement, the courts, security, probation, and corrections. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for law enforcement professionals to grow 3% by 2030, with roughly 68,500 job openings available each year. The average salary for police and detectives was $66,000 in 2021.

Certificate Program Overview

Whether you want to start a career in criminal justice, get promoted from an entry-level position, or reskill and enter a new industry — our certificate in criminal justice will help you get there. Gain a valuable introduction to criminal justice that focuses on criminal, procedural, and constitutional law. Courses in writing, psychology, and sociology provide the essential people skills you'll need to succeed in this field.

Network with Regional Employers

Meet and learn from experienced law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who live and work in the local community. Chiefs of police, correctional officers, judges, and others will visit your classrooms to share their knowledge of the industry with you.

Online Learning

Over 50% of our criminal justice courses are available online. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Certificate Program Outcomes

Career Pathways

Many graduates of our program work in law enforcement at state and local agencies. Others have careers in private security, the court system, and the U.S. Border Patrol. Some potential career options include:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Private Security
  • Probation or Parole Officer

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

Continue your education by seamlessly transferring into our A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree program. With an associate degree, you'll be well positioned to advance quickly in your career or enter a four-year program where you can further specialize your law enforcement training and expertise.

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Our criminal justice faculty bring decades of real-world law enforcement experience to the classroom. A practicing attorney and former sergeant teach the majority of our law enforcement and criminal justice courses. Our adjunct faculty also bring a range of specialized knowledge to FLCC. From patrol officers and chief of police to corrections administrators, our instructors have the experience and connections needed to help you get started in criminal justice.

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