The main goal of criminology education is to provide the community with graduate who are professionally competent and upright individual who can deliver efficient and effective service in the field of Criminal Justice Administration, Public Security and Safety Administration, Correction and Jail Management.
To provide the country with graduates who are proficient in the field of Criminology and Police Science.
To produce graduates who are professionally competent and morally upright individuals who can deliver efficient and effective services in the fields of Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration.
The Criminology Program of the Western Mindanao State University started in 1992 as a department under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences. A class of 53 students has enrolled as pioneers for the Bachelor of Science in Police Administration program (BSPA). By virtue of DECS Order No. 21, s 1992, a realignment of the curriculum was made to facilitate the adaptation of the new DECS Order for BS Criminology curriculum to pave the way for the implementation of the four major areas, namely: Police Administration, Criminal Justice, Correction, and Security Administration. WMSU offered Police Administration as its major field of specialization with the end view of rendering police services in the community with graduates competent to meet the needs of the times.
In September 25, 1997, a proposal was presented to the academic council for the conversion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminology Program into an Institute of Criminology (ICRIM), the proposal also asked for the separation from the College of Arts and Sciences (now CLA) to allow the Institute some degree of autonomy and to introduce a wide range of organization and curricular offerings. In December 1, 1997, the WMSU Board of Regents under BOR No. 78, s. of 1997 with Hon. Student Regent Esnaen M. Catong, a member of the United Students Party (USP) strongly endorsed the proposal for its approval. After its approval, Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales, WMSU President designated Prof. Effrenddy M. Estipona as Officer-in-charge and in December 23, 1998 he was designated Acting Dean of the Institute of Criminology.
In December 1, 2002, the university president designated Prof. Effrenddy M. Estipona as full-pledge Dean of the Institute of Criminology after graduating his Masters of Science in Criminology (MSCrim) at the University of Cebu in March 2002.
In the pursuit for institutional development, on February 14, 2006, Dean Estipona proposed for the conversion of the Institute of Criminology (ICRIM) into a College of Criminology (CCRIM). On February 22, 2006 the WMSU Board of Regents under S.O. No. 000037 approved the conversion of Institute of Criminology to a College of Criminology.
Pursuant to CHED CMO No. 21 s. of 2005, introduces the Criminal Justice Education in the Philippines. Thus, in March 14, 2008, Dean Estipona proposed for the conversion of the College of Criminology into a College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) under the WMSU Board of Regents Resolution No. 05 series of 2008.
Today, the then criminology department under the College of Arts and Sciences has metamorphosis into a renowned institution in the realm of criminology and criminal justice education in the country. The WMSU CCJE guided by the tradition of good and resilient foundation of Knowledge, Leadership and Excellence marks the distinctive breed of leaders in their respective fields of specialization reflective of the values of good followers are excellent leaders. These were and still one of our cornerstone in the pursuit of success and excellence.