The Criminal Justice program at Kirtland community College is committed to providing students with extensive practical and professional knowledge pertinent and responsive to the dynamic fields of employment in the Criminal Justice system. The Department mission is to equip students to think critically about causes and consequences of crime and deviance; about evolving issues in the field of criminal justice; about potential of empirical research to help guide policy development and about the role social organization plays in the development of knowledge.
The Department has an exemplary record of service. Faculty members work closely with many criminal justice agencies in the service area on real problems affecting community safety and crime. The faculty serves on committees and hold office in criminal justice professional agencies, such as Circuit Court Judges, Prosecutors, Sheriffs Chief of Police, State Police and retired officers.
Introducing the Criminal Justice System
- Describe the element of the criminal justice system.
- Explain the role of the criminal justice system within the structure of federal, state, and local governments.
- Describe the historical bases of the American criminal justice system.
Preparing for a Career in Criminal Justice
- Research occupations to criminal justice.
- Identify the personal and professional ethics associated with criminal justice.
Understanding the Rule of Law
- Differentiate among criminal, civil, and case law.
- Identify the constitutional rights of persons stopped, detained, and/or placed under arrest.
- Describe standards for the handling and use of deadly weapons.
- Identify the initial responsibilities of officers responding to emergencies.
- Explore the responsibility of the student when hearing of potential danger and/or threats to other students or the school.
Applying Criminal Justice Communication and Workplace Readiness Skills
- Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
- Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
- Demonstrate customer-service skills.
Personal Qualities and People Skills
- Demonstrate positive work ethic.
- Demonstrate integrity.
- Demonstrate teamwork skills.
- Demonstrate diversity awareness.
- Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
- Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.