Criminal Justice Programs
Welcome to the Amarillo College Criminal Justice Programs website. Amarillo College has a rich history in the criminal justice community serving Amarillo and the Panhandle.
The Criminal Justice department is an approved provider for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
Peace Officers in the State of Texas are required to complete 80 hours of In-Service Training every 4 years. The department of Criminal Justice holds conferences and classes in Amarillo and throughout the Panhandle to serve the needs of all area law enforcement agencies, officers, and criminal justice professionals.
Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy
The cornerstone of Criminal Justice Programs is the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy. The academy at Amarillo College has trained law enforcement professionals since the early 1970s. The training for Basic Peace Officers operates under the mandates of TCLEOSE. Students completing the law enforcement academy will be authorized to take the state licensing exam. The law enforcement academy provides 24 academic credit hours, and a student may earn a Criminal Justice Degree as an Associate in Applied Science or a Certificate in law enforcement.
Forensic Science Degree
The department of Criminal Justice now offers a Forensic Science Degree. This degree was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in September 2006 and requires 63 academic hours in criminal justice, biology and psychology which provides the student with an interdisciplinary education and more complete exposure to the science of forensics.
Criminal Justice Degree
Criminal Justice Programs continues to offer the Criminal Justice Degree as an Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degrees and Certificates. Students may obtain a Criminal Justice Degree completely on-line.
Intervention Programs, a part of the Criminal Justice Programs and sometimes referred to as Offender Education Programs, primarily serves individuals who have legal issues and have been ordered to complete a course as a requirement by a court or legal official. However, all courses are open to the general public and can be beneficial to those seeking assistance in a particular area addressed by these programs.
Criminal Justice Programs holds a variety of conferences and trainings each year targeted primarily to criminal justice professionals and secondarily to other related professionals, such as substance abuse counselors, licensed social workers and counselors, CPS caseworkers, CASA volunteers, nurses, teachers and school administrators, among others. We are approved to provide the following certification credits:
- TCLEOSE (law enforcement)
- CJAD (adult probation)
- TJPC (juvenile probation)
- TCBAP (substance abuse)
- MCLE (state bar/attorneys), as well as general CEUs.
Through college affiliates, we also offer nursing, LPC/LMFT/LSW, and CPE (continuing professional education) credits. Two annual conferences we provide are the Child Abuse Prevention Conference in March/April and the Women in Criminal Justice Conference in October.