**For Immediate Release**
Criminal Justice Option to Be Offered
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-06-2008
By Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently approved OPSU’s intention to expand its current Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Technology degree. Beginning in the fall 2008 semester, students may choose the new Criminal Justice option. The program has been added to respond to the difficulty area law enforcement agencies have in recruiting and/or maintaining law enforcement officers.
OPSU’s Dee Seaman, Instructor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been instrumental in creating the program and will continue to oversee it. She said, “We plan to have accreditation from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) as well as from the Collegiate Officer Program (COP) by August, 2008. COP is designed as a two-year curriculum that includes general education courses as well as courses specific to law enforcement that incorporate CLEET objectives. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the CLEET certification exam and also will be eligible for employment as a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma.”
In addition, an advisory board for the program has been implemented that includes Captain Michael Babb and Chief Eddie Adamson of the Guymon Police Department; Arnold Peoples, Texas County Sheriff and Undersheriff Rick Caudell; and Captain Darrell Jordan of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. As new industries open in the area, the resulting increase in population strains resources in local communities, and the Criminal Justice option offered will help alleviate some of the burden by educating and graduating qualified law enforcement officers.