Criminal Justice

  • Train as a first responder while exploring law enforcement and emergency medical services

  • Apply forensic science and investigative techniques to process crime scenes and interview suspects

  • Analyze criminal behavior while examining how state and federal laws work to keep our communities safe

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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.

Industry Credentials

Criminal Justice students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • NIMS IS 100, 200, 700 and 800 Certifications via Emergency Management Institute
  • MDTS, MOAB, OCAT, PATH and PPBT Certifications via Personal Protection Consultants Inc.
  • Hazardous Materials Response-Awareness Certification via Michigan State University
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Criminal Justice students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College


Career Pathways

with credentials:

  • 911 Dispatcher
  • Correctional Officer
  • Security Guard

with associate degree:

  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Police Officer

with bachelor’s degree:

  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Special Agent


Teacher: Aaron Korty


Teacher: Van Scott


Counselor: Jessica Kamber

Phone: 610-799-1355

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Criminal Justice program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Allentown Police Department
  • Coplay Police Department
  • Lehigh County Coroner’s Office
  • Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office

Student Organizations

Criminal Justice students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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