law enforcement

The career outlook for law enforcement is growing with an estimated 70,000 job openings annually across the country.

The Criminal Justice Technology program at Washington State prepares you for a variety of careers in federal, state or local law enforcement agencies. The program provides the necessary background for positions in police, private security, courts, corrections, and other related criminal justice work, or for transfer to the baccalaureate program. You will develop a knowledge base of the three elements of the criminal justice system — law enforcement, courts, and corrections. You will also learn the ability to effectively collaborate with each of the respective elements for the benefit of society.

The combined experience of our faculty covers more than seven decades. As a student, that means you’re learning from experts in the industry. We also incorporate guest speakers and presenters who are actively working in the field to further ensure the knowledge your learning is current and relevant.

Our curriculum includes:
• Training in incident command
• Understanding the law
• Learn the rights of plaintiff and defendant
• Hands on crime scene scenarios
• Training topics include: fingerprinting equipment, blood analysis, and general equipment use

Equally relevant to classroom learning, CJ students are required to earn 105 practicum hours working at a criminal justice agency.

Graduates of the WSCO CJ program leave with a resume that’s ready to give to potential employers. And because we work closely with local law enforcement agencies, your knowledge and skills are tailored to align with their needs.

Criminal Justice Program Disclaimer: Upon entry, Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies generally have requirements and/or guidelines for individuals seeking employment. This may include, but not be limited to, physical, medical, and/or psychological requirements. In addition, individuals seeking employment in the law enforcement fields are subjected to a thorough background and criminal records check prior to being considered for employment.

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Stephanie Harlow

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