Criminal Justice

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.

Course Description

For Students

Course Standards and Procedures 2014 - 2015

This class not only prepares you for a career in Criminal Justice and the Police Academy, but also for life. The teachers teach you to respect yourself and others. Some things to look forward to:

• Physical Training
• Teamwork
• Field Trips
• Uniforms
• Criminology/Forensics
• Criminal Investigations
• Building Searches
• Weapons Disarmament
• Guest Speakers


For Parents

5822 Criminal Justice I Introduces specialized classroom and practical experiences related to public safety occupations such as law enforcement, loss prevention services, and homeland security. This course provides an introduction to the purposes, functions, and history of the three primary parts of the criminal justice system as well as an introduction to the investigative process. Oral and written communication skills should be reinforced through activities that model public relations and crime prevention efforts as well as the preparation of police reports. This course provides the opportunity for dual credit for students who meet postsecondary requirements for earning dual credit and successfully complete the dual credit requirements of this course.

5824 Criminal Justice II introduces students to concepts and practices in controlling traffic as well as forensic investigation at crime scenes. Students will have opportunities to use mathematical skills in crash reconstruction and analysis activities requiring measurements and performance of speed/acceleration calculations. Additional activities simulating criminal investigations will be used to teach scientific knowledge related to anatomy, biology, and chemistry as well as collection of evidence and search for witnesses, developing and questioning suspects, and protecting the integrity of physical evidence found at the scene and while in transit to a forensic science laboratory. Procedures for the use and control of informants, inquiries keyed to basic leads, and other information-gathering activity and chain of custody procedures will also be reviewed.



CPR, First Aid, AED

Dual Credit Institution


Dual Credit Courses

Year 1
LAWE 100 (3) - Survey of Criminal Justice
LAWE 160 (3) - Criminal Investigation

Year 2
LAWE 106 (3) - Introduction to Traffic Control
LAWE 150 (3) - Introduction to Criminology

Potential Careers/Salary

Lawyer - $86,730 per year
Police and Detectives - $55,010 per year
Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers - $35,370 per year
Security Guards - $24,380 per year
Law Enforcement Officer - $46,060 per year

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, on the Internet at