The Criminal Justice pathway begins with a focus on Law Enforcement in society. Students are taught the historical basis of the American Criminal Justice System and the place of law
enforcement within the framework of that system. They examine the impact of constitutional guarantees on the performance of law enforcement and security
The program also covers Arkansas Criminal and Traffic Law. Students learn to differentiate between criminal and civil law, felonies, misdemeanors and summary offenses.
They are expected to know the purpose of the Arkansas Crimes Code and utilize it to determine appropriate criminal infractions. A portion of the course deals with the Legal Use
of Force where students learn the elements of the “Use of Force Continuum,” the difference between the use of force and the use of deadly
force, and the basic principles of unarmed confrontation.
Level three of the pathway introduces basic skills for responding to an emergency scene, such as a car accident of crime scene where there may be injured victims. Students also have the opportunity to certify as 911 Dispatchers.
Students will be prepared to continue their studies at a college or university of their choice.
COURSES IN THE PATHWAY:
Level 1: (Fall) Intro to Criminal Justice [1 credit]; (Spring) Foundations of Law Enforcement [1 credit]
Level 2: (Fall) Crime Scene Investigation [1 credit]; (Spring) Criminal Law [1 credit]
Level 3: (Fall) First Responder [1 credit]; (Spring) 911 Dispatcher [1 credit]