Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice presents a challenging field of study for people interested in public service. The ever increasing problem of crime, as well as continued population growth, provides many opportunities to those who have prepared themselves through education and training. This program provides an avenue to obtain an associate in applied science degree in criminal justice. The associate degree program consists of both criminal justice and academic courses. It serves as the first two years of study for the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or law enforcement in many senior colleges and universities. 

Associate of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice Leadership 

The Odessa College Criminal Justice Department now offers a comprehensive online learning program for an AAS Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership. The degree should be of particular interest to law enforcement administrators, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other law enforcement leaders seeking to enhance, expand, and update the knowledge base and skill sets of either themselves or their department personnel.

Crime Scene Investigator Certificate

The Odessa College Criminal Justice Department announces the new Criminalistics certification program in the field of Crime Scene Investigation. The Criminalistics certification is specifically designed for those law enforcement officers and investigators seeking to improve or add to their skill set with proper methods of identifying, collecting, and preserving evidence. The program focuses on methodology and criteria for scientific evaluation, the various types of evidence encountered by law enforcement officers and investigators in the field, and proper procedures to be followed during death investigations. The Criminalistics certificate will prepare the student to either pursue a career as a Crime Scene Technician, or provide a solid foundation for the student to pursue a degree in forensic science.

Odessa College Law Enforcement Training Academy


The Odessa College Law Enforcement Training Academy (OCLETA) is located in the Electronics Technology Building on Odessa College campus. We partner with local service agencies to prepare cadets as law enforcement career practitioners. Our dedication is to innovative training that incorporates a variety of learning and skill application.



Full-time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Part-time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Odessa College Law Enforcement Training Academy
Electronics Technology Building
201 W. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79764

OCLETA General Email:

Nikki Brown, Training Coordinator

William Misczak, LETA Instructor
Chris Nickell, Academy Secretary

OCLETA Pre-Admission Requirements
OCLETA Application
OCLETA Personal History Statement
OCLETA L2 Verification Docs
OCLETA L3 Verification Docs
OC - Law Enforcement Training Academy Training Schedule


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