The criminal justice field is becoming increasingly complex and important. This career area needs people who have good skills and highly-developed personal strengths:
- View toward community service
- High ethical and moral standards
- Strong written and oral communication skills
The program provides the foundation for your career as law enforcement officer at the municipal, county, or state level. Your career path could include serving as a correctional officer, working for a private investigation agency, or providing security for retail, commercial, or industrial establishments.
The program includes related general education courses and criminal justice courses. You will receive theoretical and practical information on various types of law, community policing, corrections, and criminal justice ethics. Other courses will strengthen your ability to interact with the public, work with people from diverse backgrounds, and communicate in a professional manner.
As you complete the coursework, you'll be working toward the 520 hours of training required for certification by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau. If you opt for the Law Enforcement Certification Track, you can add tactical training classes to your regular coursework in your second year in the program. A second option is to attend a summer Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy at CVTC.
Opportunities for employment are good, and most employment areas offer good chances for advancement. This could be the training you need to begin a rewarding career in law enforcement.