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Criminal justice field

What are good programs that aren't basic and help develop skills and ideas that can help you become successful in the criminal justice field?

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Nick’s Answer

Hello Vanessa! Simply put, it depends on what part of Criminal Justice you want more education on.

For law enforcement, if not college courses, many attend professional training classes that are hosted at local law enforcement agencies, or through local training academies.

For Courts and Probation employees, these are often classes hosted through professional associations, or Court training centers.

And for Corrections personnel, training is usually through a standardized system, such as a state licensing board, or training contractors. Most employees are trained as part of their job duties.

If you are interested in developing skills to be used in a future criminal justice career, I would visit with a college advisor at your local community college. Ask questions about their course offerings, and compare that information to your career goals.

Finally, go visit with your local law enforcement agency’s training officer, or profesional standards supervisor. Ask them questions to help narrow your search.

Nick recommends the following next steps:

Narrow your search area in CJ
Visit with a College Advisor
Visit your local law enforcement agency training coordinator
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Ryan’s Answer

I’m not sure what exactly your job goals are, but as a crime scene investigator in Detroit the only things that helped me are watching Forensic Files on Netflix or googling forensic science textbooks and trying to find the free pdf version. Or of course you could take a college class on forensics, but that costs money.
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Betty’s Answer

Psychology courses because learning to understand people moods and behaviors you can better de-escalate situations
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the advice, Betty. Vanessa
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Robert’s Answer

If you're interested in the field of criminal justice law and can take preprofessional classes in the field I would start there. However, if you are attending a liberal arts program, you will need to take a broader approach. I would recommend taking courses that teach you critical thinking, improve your oral and written communication skills, and those that give you a historical context for the issues that criminal justice law seeks to address. I would consider classes in American history, sociology, and psychology. Last, I would pursue internships in the field for real life exposure.
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