Criminal Justice

Butler Tech Criminal Justice will cover many areas of study to help you prepare for the wide variety of careers in the criminal justice field. And you will learn from the most experienced teachers: certified and commissioned police officers.

During your junior year, you will learn the following subjects: arrest and search, report writing, court procedures, writing traffic citations, crime scene, civil disorder, surveillance, gangs, vehicle patrol, foot patrol, CPR/AED and gambling laws.

Your senior year program includes the following topics: child abuse, prisoner booking, ethics and professionalism, forensic science, private security, Ohio Revised codes, riot control, communication, chemical agents, polygraph, bombs and explosives, arson, collecting evidence, lineups and juvenile justice.

College Tech Prep

Butler Tech Criminal Justice is a College Tech Prep program. Articulation agreements with local colleges allow our students to earn 12 or more college credits upon successful completion of this course. College Tech Prep combines college-like instruction with hands-on activities to prepare students for the technical occupations of the future and to provide a pathway to an associate degree or beyond.

College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication and technologies. The College Tech Prep program combines academic and job skills at all educational levels. Local business, industry and labor representatives design the courses, in addition to high school teachers and college faculty.

Industry-Recognized Credentials

Students have the opportunity to earn:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification
  • CPR
  • First Aid Certification
  • NIMS (National Incident Management System) 100, 200, 700 & 800


Butler Tech Criminal Justice is a full time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will apply their sophomore year.

For information about Butler Tech Adult Education’s Basic Police Academy, CLICK HERE.

Student Organization


Program Costs

SkillsUSA fee  $25

Background checks and uniforms  $300

Career Outlook

Upon completion of this program, students age 20-1/2 and older may enter the police academy. Options for future careers, after additional education, include:

  • Corrections officer
  • County sheriff
  • Court clerk
  • Crime scene investigation
  • DEA agent
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Forensic scientist
  • Military police
  • Municipal police officer
  • Paralegal
  • Police detective
  • Private security
  • Private investigator
  • Probation officer