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Criminal Justice


The Criminal Justice and Correction Services program of study 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 and the elements of criminal investigations. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skill preparation for postsecondary or career opportunities in many law- and justice-related fields.



CRIMINAL JUSTICE I (ACCTC)– Single Block; One Semester; One Credit; 9th-11th Grades.  Prerequisites/Requirements:   None.  

Criminal Justice I is the first course in Law Enforcement Services and the Legal and Correctional Services programs of study. It serves as a comprehensive survey of how the law enforcement, legal, and correctional systems interact with each other in the United States. Students will understand the context of local, state, and federal laws, have investigative skills pertaining to basic crime scenes and incident documentation, and understand the importance of communication and professionalism in law enforcement.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE II (ACCTC)– Single Block; One Semester; One Credit; 10th - 12th Grades; Prerequisites/Requirements:  Criminal Justice I.  

Criminal Justice II is an integrated survey of the law and justice systems for students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement and legal services. Procedures for arrest, transport, trial, and corrections procedures and laws governing the application of justice in the United States are examined in detail. Special emphasis is placed on the best practices and professional traits required of law enforcement and legal professionals. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for introductory work in crime scene analysis and forensic science, and will have strong knowledge and skill preparation for early postsecondary or work-based learning opportunities in associated fields. This course provides a dual-enrollment opportunity.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE III/UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT (ACCTC)– College Credit Opportunity Available. Double Block; One Semester; Two Credits; 11th - 12th Grades ONLY; Prerequisites/Requirements: Criminal Justice I and II (A grade of “C” or better), Biology I and Chemistry I.

Criminal Justice III, Forensic Science/Criminal Investigations, is the final course designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the sciences of criminal investigations. Students will learn terminology and investigation skills related to the crime scene, aspects of criminal behavior, and applications of the scientific inquiry to solve crimes. By utilizing the scientific inquiry method, students will obtain and analyze evidence through simulated crime scenes and evaluation of case studies. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to identify careers in forensic science and criminology, summarize the laws that govern the application of forensic science, and draw key connections between the history of the forensic science system and the modern legal system. This course provides a dual-enrollment opportunity for law enforcement services.  

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Law Enforcement course is an advanced course in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster intended to meet the needs of specific applications of advanced UAS precision technologies specific to the law enforcement industry.  Students will receive rigorous instruction in preparation to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Certification (Part 107; less than 55 pounds) exam for commercial drone pilots for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and develop specific knowledge and skills associated with specific sUAS technologies, platforms, and precision attachments to monitor, map, and provide data and surveillance in law enforcement situations. At the end of this course, students will be prepared to take the drone (FAA Part 107) commercial pilot license at no cost to the student.  Students must be at least 16 years old to take the exam.