Criminal Justice Mission Statement and Program Outcomes

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Criminal Justice Program to encourage a lifelong desire for learning and a quest for knowledge by providing an environment that fosters academic excellence and unrestrained inquiry.  We encourage the development of ethics and values that recognize knowledge in all its diverse and creative forms.  The Criminal Justice program will provide students with a comprehensive practical knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, consisting of law enforcement, courts and corrections.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply the knowledge and verbal skills to effectively communicate with criminal suspects, victims, witnesses, person in crisis and others in need.
  • Identify constitutional freedoms and rights, and how an ethical criminal  justice system and participatory citizenship protect those freedoms and rights.
  • Analyze a criminal case to determine its appropriate processing, given an understanding of the jurisdiction and functions of police, courts and corrections as components of an interdependent criminal justice system.
  • Secure and process a crime scene employing proper techniques of evidence gathering, searching, sketching and on-scene interviewing.
  • Analyze criminal statutes to determine the statutes' elements, constitutionality and proper application.
  • Produce written incident and investigative reports that are useful and professional in terms of accuracy, completeness, spelling and grammar.
  • Describe those applicant screening/selection processes typically utilized by law enforcement and corrections agencies for their entry-level positions.