• Careers in criminal justice are highly competitive and rigorous. Some days are long and get your heart pumping; most days you’re working hard gathering evidence or nailing down accurate information for a critical report. Learn the ins and outs of keeping others safe!

    The Criminal Justice program lays the foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, criminal law, corrections, homeland security, investigative services, forensics, and related public safety career pathways. Cover the basics of traffic law / traffic enforcement; criminal and juvenile law; crime prevention; the court and correction systems; crime scene investigation; and more. Develop your observational, communication, documentation, and "people" skills critical for success in this field. You will also learn which career paths require further training or education.

    What will my classes be like?
    The program includes simulations, demonstrations, report preparation, lecture, and work-based learning experiences. Viewing the criminal justice system from the ground up will help you understand how a law enforcement career plays out at the local, private, state, and federal levels of service.
    CERT Scenario
    The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.


    §         Police equipment

    §         Class squad car

    §         Radio use

    §         Rules and expectations

    The Criminal Justice System

    §         Types / causes of crimes

    §         Structure/purpose of the criminal justice system

    §         Variety of law enforcement agencies

    §         History of American police

    §         Police ethics

    Criminal Law

    Constitutional Law

    Illinois Compiled Statutes

    Patrol: Tactics, strategies, safety, communications

    Police Investigations

    §         Types

    §         Crime scene

    §         Fingerprinting, evidence gathering

    §         Interviewing/Interrogations

    §         Report writing

    §         Surveillance

    Juvenile Justice System

    Courts and Corrections

    Forensic Science

    Special Issues

    §         Organized crime

    §         White-collar crime

    §         Narcotics/dangerous drugs

    §         Terrorism

    §         Cybercrime/Predators

     Employment Skills

    §         Career assessment

    §         Résumé & Portfolio Development

    §         Application, interview, job search

    §         NCRC preparation & testing