Career Programs & Training Criminal Justice

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Why Barton’s Criminal Justice Program?

  • Barton’s Criminal Justice Program provides you a well-rounded education allowing you to explore different Criminal Justice careers
  • Barton provides you experience and skills to enter the job market or continue your education at a four-year institution
  • Education makes a difference! Most federal and state agencies require a college degree to be hired and/or be promoted.  Many local agencies now require higher educational standards.
  • Individuals with a degree start at a higher wage than those without and will move up the ladder quicker. Officers are not allowed to carry a gun until you’re 21, so you might as well get your education.


  • Barton’s Instructor/Coordinator has over 40 years as a certified law enforcement officer, including 26 years with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations (KBI)
  • Barton’s Associate Faculty are active law enforcement officers in the KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, and the field of forensic science

Real-World Opportunities

  • Opportunities to ride with local police and sheriff’s department
  • Internship opportunities at police departments, sheriff’s offices, detention facilities, and the Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Field experience with simulated crime scenes, accident investigations, routine traffic stops, and computer forensics
  • Opportunity to attend the Kansas Highway Patrol Collegiate Academy to receive top notch hands-on training.


What are Barton Criminal Justice graduates doing?

Graduates are working in police departments, sheriff’s departments, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Border Patrol.

Occupational Outlook and Earnings

  • Career opportunities and growth potential is expected to grow as fast as other occupations
    • In most local police departments, opportunities will be excellent for qualified individuals
    • State and federal opportunities continue to be competitive with education and training emphasized
  • Earnings vary according to location, specialty of training, and agency
    • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers can expect to earn between $35,600 and $59,880 annually
    • Detectives and Criminal Investigators can expect to earn between $43,920 and $76,350 annually
    • State and Federal agencies pay scale is varied, but one can expect to earn over $40,000 annually

Source: 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook

Curriculum Guides

The Criminal Justice Program can provide students with the necessary academic skills to achieve a rewarding career as a police officer, deputy sheriff, correctional officer, highway patrol trooper, or one of the other many exciting entry level positions in the criminal justice system.

All criminal justice agencies look for individuals with good academic skills, personal integrity, and a well-adjusted personality. Those agencies generally will not consider individuals for employment with criminal arrests and/or convictions, poor driving records, and/or alcohol-related problems.

Criminal Justice Curriculum Guides
Criminal Justice (46 hours - certificate guide)

Associate in Applied Science Degree 
This curriculum is designed for you if you are interested in a two-year Occupational degree and then plan to go to work as a Police Officer.
Criminal Justice (67 hours -  degree guide)
Criminal Justice (67 hours - semester guide)

Associate in Arts Degree
Criminal Justice (64 hours - degree guide)