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Criminal Justice Technology

What is Criminal Justice Technology? 

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system's role within society will be explored.

Criminal JusticeEmphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole, surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.

  • Typical Courses
  • Student Learning Outcomes
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Typical Courses

  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Law Enforcement Operations
  • Court Procedure Evidence
  • Constitutional Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Corrections
  • Ethics & Community Relations
  • Victimology
  • Investigative Principals
  • Civil Liability
  • Organization & Administration 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Criminal Justice Technology Program will:

  • Analyze the totality of the circumstances for a given situation and be able to apply the appropriate criminal, civil, constitutional, or juvenile law.
  • Demonstrate and understand a working knowledge of law enforcement operations, investigations, patrol procedures and private security.
  • Identify and understand the different functions within the corrections system including jails, prisons, probation and parole on a local, state and federal level.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the local state and federal court system, including the hierarchy, jurisdiction, and the court room group functions.
  • Identify professional and ethical conduct through review of ethical dilemmas, review of policy and the law to enable them with the ability to properly apply ethical standards to difficult situations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically and to use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

    * In order to obtain employment as a local law enforcement officer, the graduate must successfully complete Basic Law Enforcement Training or obtain a bachelor's degree to meet the hiring requirements for most state and federal law enforcement agencies. 

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Contact Information:

Joe Exposito
Lead Instructor,
Criminal Justice Technology