Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in public safety. The criminal justice field can encompass a variety of careers and people with the following backgrounds are usually particularly appreciated: criminal justice, criminology, sociology, political science, psychology, social work, and other liberal arts and human services disciplines.

Employment opportunities are now expanding beyond traditional police, courts, and corrections areas, to include positions in private business. The criminal justice field continues to be a stable and secure career choice with local salaries starting in the $35,000–$50,000 range with paid healthcare and pensions.

The need for criminal justice professionals remains strong. Due to the level of job security criminal justice careers offer, the job market has become more competitive than ever. A college degree is virtually a must for someone interested in a position in the criminal justice field. The Indian Hills Criminal Justice program combines hands–on practical training, along with formal classroom learning. Students have the option of earning a 2–year degree, 4–year degree, or master's degree all at the Ottumwa campus.

Becky Strunk: Criminal Justice Graduate

Becky Strunk

A graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Indian Hills, Becky is the Ottumwa Police Department's first female sergeant. She says that Indian Hills gave her the education she needed to excel on the job.

Our graduates work for a diverse group of employers including:

Iowa State Patrol Federal Bureau of Investigation
Iowa Department of Corrections Iowa Department of Human Services
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Patrol
United States Marshal's Service Agency Juvenile Shelter
Appanoose County Sheriff's Department Des Moines Police Department
Fairfield Police Department Marion County Sheriff's Department
Oskaloosa Police Department Ottumwa Police Department
Pella Police Department Washington Police Department

Program Overview

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall, Spring, and Summer Term
Length: 7 terms (21 months)
Program: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Note: Please be aware that there are unique pre–employment qualifications for positions in this field, which may include passing extensive criminal and character background checks, physical requirements, polygraph testing, oral boards, drug screening, and/or other requirements pertinent to current hiring practices.

Download the Criminal Justice Background Check Forms
(Required as part of the admissions process)

Virtual Tour

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Contact

Rhonda Eakins, Program Coordinator
email:
phone: (641) 683-5154 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5154

Faculty Contacts

Don Waltenberger
After nearly twenty years in law enforcement, Don retired at the rank of lieutenant. He spent time as a patrol officer, detective, commander of the investigations division, and commander of a district office. Upon leaving law enforcement, Don spent five years working in corporate security conducting investigations of theft, fraud, product tampering, and workplace violence. While working for the sheriff's department, Don taught part–time at the police academy and local colleges. He holds both a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice.
email:
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1842 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1842

Tim King
Tim retired from the police force after 28 years, where he held the position of Deputy Chief, second in command of the department. He established and commanded the Special Response Team, attended the FBI National Academy Class 222, and established the Kirksville (Missouri) Regional Computer Crime Lab (KRCCL). Tim holds a B.S. from Northeast Missouri State University, currently Truman State, as well as an M.A. from Tiffin University, in Homeland Security. He is a Missouri state certified training instructor and coordinator for the Missouri Sheriff's Academy.
email:
phone: (641) 683-5111, ext. 1839 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1839

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