Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Services prepares students for a range of careers in law enforcement, crime scene analysis, forensic science, public safety, and criminal justice. Course content emphasizes procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States, from constitutional rights to crisis scenario management to the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study (POS), students will be equipped with strong knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law-enforcement and justice-related fields.
The projected employment change through 2024 for law enforcement jobs is 7,120. Applicants with a bachelor's degree and law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, as well as those who speak more than one language, should have the best job opportunities. Students wishing to pursue a career as a patrol officer typically seek employment as a corrections officer/jailer until they reach their twenty-first birthday then apply for employment and training as a patrol officer. With a strong portfolio from their program of study, students will have the competitive edge when it comes to entry level employment.
In addition to employment as jailers/corrections officers, high school graduates may seek employment as security guards. 
Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to further their training at community colleges and universities in the areas of law enforcement, home land security, and corrections. Some occupations require a high school diploma, academy training, or a postsecondary certificate, a few occupations in the area of law enforcement require a bachelor’s degree.
Funding for training at a police academy is a benefit realized by those who are hired by police departments across the state. As stated above, applicants must be 21 to enter the academy, so entry level positions are an important stepping stone. Students will have compiled artifacts for a portfolio in preparation for future training and will be prepared to continue their studies at the postsecondary level or a variety of career opportunities. For other law enforcement paths, there are several postsecondary opportunities across the state including criminal justice, homeland security, and forensic science at many of the community colleges and universities.