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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A55180)

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system's role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A5518A)

Latent Evidence is a concentration under the curriculum of Criminal Justice Technology. This curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of latent evidence systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing and procedures.

Students will learn both theory and hands-on analysis of latent evidence. They will learn fingerprint classification, identification, and chemical development. Students will record, cast, and recognize footwear and tire-tracks; and process crime scenes. Issues and concepts of communications and the use of computers and computer-assisted design programs in crime scene technology will be discussed.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of criminal justice organizations especially in local, state, and federal law enforcement, and correctional agencies.


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C5518C)

Crime scene technician certificate programs are targeted education options that focus on the skills needed to get an entry-level job with a local, county, or state law enforcement program.   This certificate will include coursework on how to properly process a crime scene, including establishing chains of custody for evidence, identifying potential materials for analysis, and taking crime scene photos, identifying footwear and tire imprint and recognition of trace evidence.   Crime scene technicians must have a keen eye for detail and patience as the job has a high degree of unpredictability.

Students on track to receive a crime scene technician certificate are focused on using a particular methodology from various sources to compile accurate information and patterns to support law enforcement decisions.


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C55180H)

The Homeland Security certificate program is designed to increase knowledge for personnel working in the areas of public administration, public safety, security management and law enforcement, and for executives in corporations responsible for overseeing in-house security programs. It provides an introduction to the threats posed by domestic and international terrorism, as well to strategies for countering those threats. Students will explore the best practices behind successful security planning and thereat assessment, while learning the key principles in homeland security


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C55180I)

The Intelligence Analysis (IA) certificate promotes excellence in the study, examination, and assessment of threats, risks, and adversaries in all intelligence sectors. The IA certificate is designed to recognize essential intelligence analysis skill sets in those currently seeking a career in criminal justice system. These skill sets include performing analysis, interpreting analysis, planning and organizing, conducting research, tapping sources of intelligence, working with technology, and communicating and writing.


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C55180B)

Individuals seeking a career in law enforcement should realize that additional credentials may be required to enter into the field of criminal justice. Understanding the role of policing in America, which is the gateway to the criminal justice process is essential. The foundations of police processes, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative police systems are the foundation of the certificate. A broad introduction to the criminal laws, including the structure and function of the courts; the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection are reviewed and applied in the course material. This certificate is taught by knowledgeable faculty members with years of real-world, hands-on experience.


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C55180A )

The Principles of Corrections certificate is designed to provide entry level competencies in the field of contemporary corrections as they apply to criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on the history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the criminal justice system with regard to corrections; juvenile justice systems and related issues; corrections alternatives, treatment programs, inmate control; statutory/case law as it applies to correctional concepts, facilities, and related practices; and the study of offenders, diversion, house arrest, restitution, community service, probation and parole. Upon completion of this certificate, employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal corrections facilities.


Certificate program (WT Course ID #: C5518A)

Crime scene investigation is a complex process that includes the initial response; evaluation, processing, and documentation of the scene. Throughout the investigation process it is vital to maintain the integrity of the investigation. This is done through, crime scene processing, investigative skills, interview and interrogation of the suspects, proper documentation, which includes written documentation, diagrams and sketches, crime scene photography and basic friction ridge analysis. Crime Scene investigators can pursue a number of professional accreditations in order to meet basic and advanced standards.

The competent CSI will seek continuing education opportunities through attendance at conferences and training seminars, as well as advanced educational programs such as this certificate with Wake Technical Community College.