Careers in Criminal Justice 1B: Finding Your Specialty

Officer / Investigator
Career Pathway Course Units

Unit 1: The Role of Private Security

Since the beginning of time, people have been looking for unique ways to protect themselves and their property. But believe it or not, government-funded police forces have only fulfilled that role for a short portion of our history! From something called the Pinkerton Agency to the Secret Service, private security is an integral part of American history.

Unit 2: Other Roles in Criminal Justice

If you’re interested in the criminal justice field but don’t plan on working patrol, don’t fret. There are many different jobs and career progression opportunities that will allow you to work in a field you’ll enjoy without having to go a traditional route. From border security chaplains to aviation enforcement agents, who knew that so many criminal justice roles existed?

Unit 3: Working with Medical Emergency & Fire Departments

EMS and fire service play important roles in keeping communities safe across the nation. Choosing a career in either of these fields requires training and certification, and students who wish to pursue these careers can join several agencies and organizations to prepare them for these careers. Overall, public agencies such as fire, EMS, police, court corrections, and security systems must work together to ensure communities are safe for the families that populate them.

Unit 4: Global Perspective: Collaborating with INTERPOL

INTERPOL operating on a global basis is one of the most important aspects of international public safety. These special agents are responsible not only for helping catch criminals but also for providing valuable resources to member countries’ law enforcement departments to help fight international crime. This organization comes from a long history of technological advancements, status changes, and more. Overall, a career in INTERPOL is a rewarding and meaningful one.

Unit 5: Spotlight on Interrogation

Interrogation plays an important role in law enforcement. When used correctly, it has the potential to develop relationships and solve crimes. In order for this process to be productive, police officers must build rapport with their communities and use effective communication techniques. When executed properly, interviews and interrogations will assist law enforcement in the pursuit of the truth and help avoid wrongful convictions.

Unit 6: Evaluating Ethics in Criminal Justice Systems

Ethics is an important part of the criminal justice system because the actions people take ensure that members abide by the moral obligation of their role. They make daily decisions that need to be fair and equal to all. It is also important to understand how the public is protected by laws, regulations, and policies when members of the criminal justice system act unethically. But these aren’t the only ethical considerations involved in the criminal justice system. We will also look at the death penalty, solitary confinement, and the incarceration of elderly individuals.

Unit 7: Communication in Criminal Justice

You’ve probably heard a police officer say, “10-4” or spell out a name or address such as “Nora-Ida-Charles-King.” Why do they do this? And what does it mean? Nearly all career fields have their own languages, so to speak, and the field of criminal justice is no exception. Although good verbal and nonverbal communication skills can be helpful in almost any line of work, there are specific communication skills, vocabulary, and even special “codes” necessary for success in criminal justice. We will look at many of the skills and special equipment that law enforcement officers and others in the criminal justice field need to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.

Unit 8: Finding Employment in Criminal Justice

There are many job opportunities available in the criminal justice system for those who are interested in the field and willing to do what is required to earn the necessary qualifications. We’ll discuss the steps one needs to take in order to prepare for, locate, evaluate, and apply to job opportunities in this competitive job arena. But simply landing the job isn’t the end of this process. You’ll also need to think about what it takes to be a good employee and what to do if you decide to change career fields in the future.