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Thousands of Eastern Shore residents have launched their criminal justice careers at Chesapeake. Our programs provide an excellent foundation to start, strengthen or expand your law enforcement horizons. We partner with police and government agencies to give you practical and proven experiences. Our flexible programs allow you to take classes while working so you can earn a certificate, or associate degree.

Why Chesapeake

As the need for qualified and trained criminal justice professionals continues to grow, Chesapeake College offers outstanding law enforcement programs to advance your education – and your career. Whether you’re interested in building a foundation in public safety—or a thriving career in social, juvenile, or victim advocacy—our programs are an affordable, convenient way to start your journey.Criminal Justice*

  • Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree
  • Law Enforcement Certification

Current Officer Program

  • Criminal Justice A.A. Degree
  • Wholly online course, designed for current Police Officers

*These programs are not prerequisites for entry into a police academy nor do they provide complete entry level training for work as a county or state police officer.

***Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.



Criminal Justice A.A.S. Degree

Specialize in law enforcement and gain a solid foundation in the criminal justice field, perfect for transferring to a four year program. Our classes, seminars and field trips introduce you to criminal investigation techniques, principles of criminal law, law enforcement administration, corrections, criminology and field training.Program Details


Criminal Justice Certification

Secure a certificate on your path to an A.A.S. degree or gain critical knowledge of the law enforcement field. Chesapeake’s program provides a foundation to prepare you for entry-level employment or advancement in criminal justice.Program Details


Online Criminal Justice Degree for Current Officers

We are the only community college offering working law enforcement a wholly online program to earn your A.A. degree. Our flexible program is designed to fit the unpredictable schedules of busy law enforcement officials, and, we award credit for Maryland Police Academy training.The degree is designed for Police Officers who have completed the Police Entry Level Training Objectives at a Maryland Police Academy. You will receive college credit for your police academy work and be able to complete your degree online on your own schedule.Program Details

*These programs are not prerequisites for entry into a police academy nor do they provide complete entry level training for work as a county or state police officer.

**Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

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