Law enforcement is an essential component of the criminal justice system. In our Criminal Justice program, instruction focuses on the daily duties of police officers and other professionals committed keeping our communities safe.
As they learn what it takes to protect and serve, students are introduced to the following concepts and skills:
- Handling phone and radio calls; conducting and documenting interviews and interrogations
- Performing CPR, applying a tourniquet and providing other forms of basic life support
- Using non-lethal, less-lethal and lethal weapons in keeping with the use of force continuum
- Securing a crime scene and collecting fingerprints, hair, blood or other physical evidence
Through role play with instructors and peers, students explore the real-life applications of Pennsylvania law and policing policies. They practice foot patrols, responding to emergencies, making arrests and forensic investigations, as well as writing reports about their experiences.
The program lab is equipped with a use-of-force simulator, a driving simulator, composite drawing software, and other high-tech tools that enhance students’ training. The judicial system, corrections and private security are important elements of the program, too.