The Questar III BOCES Criminal Justice program has been in operation for 16 years and provides high school juniors and seniors from 23 school districts with a two-year half-day program of study that includes classroom instruction, hands-on practical exercises, mentorships with professionals in the field, and pathways to programs at surrounding colleges. The program operates at two locations: the Rensselaer Educational Center in Troy and Columbia-Greene Educational Center in Hudson.


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The program provides the most current information and techniques to prepare students for post-secondary studies and careers in law enforcement, 911 dispatching, investigations, security, corrections, courts, and other criminal justice related fields. Students can earn up to 12 industry certifications, as well as college credits from several area colleges.

The program maintains a strong network of partnerships in the community. Partners often come to the BOCES sites to do demonstrations and speak with students about various aspects of their professions. Examples of presentations include on patrol duties, crime scene labs, and demonstrations by K9 handlers on bomb detection, cadaver and missing persons searches, and drug detection. Students visit 911 dispatch centers, police departments, and courts. Additionally, partners provide internships and assess student readiness for the Criminal Justice NOCTI exam.

 100% of students passed the Regents or an approved substitution exam. 100% of students passed a technical assessment. 100% of students received a technical endorsement on their diploma.