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People depend on law enforcement officers to protect their lives and property and to maintain order. Whether they’re state or federal agents, police or sheriff’s officers, or corrections officers, all law enforcement careers require a gift for understanding others, good critical thinking skills and a desire to serve the community.
Criminal Justice Major
When you look at Faith Rayborn, you immediately think pre-school teacher – not police officer. That drive has led her to become an officer with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department working at the Laurens County Detention Center.
The Criminal Justice associate degree program is designed to prepare professionally-educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system. During your studies, you’ll examine a broad spectrum of criminal justice concepts and theories and complete an internship to learn the connections between criminal justice theory and practice.
Some entry level positions include: police officer, deputy, dispatcher, corrections officer, trooper, private security officer, juvenile court officer and probation technician. Your duties could involve patrolling a specific area on foot or in a vehicle, directing traffic, issuing traffic summonses, investigating accidents, apprehending and arresting suspects or serving legal processes of courts. You could also be responsible for guarding inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions and for guarding prisoners in transit between jail, the courtroom and prison.
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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The Associate in Applied Science with a major in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare professionally educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system.
Our criminal justice program provides highly effective training environments, including: A state-of-the-art lab, featuring driving and firearm simulators; Software that aids in the sketching of suspects; A new mobile crime scene training unit; Crime scene reconstruction software; and Digital cameras and more.
The college has also developed several agreements with four-year colleges and universities that allow graduates to bridge their associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. These programs provide a seamless and affordable pathway to a higher degree in criminal justice.