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ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 credits)
Presents an overview of the United States Criminal Justice System; introduces the major system components – Law Enforcement, Judiciary, and Corrections. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 111 - 112 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration I - II (3 credits/3 credits)
Prerequisite for ADJ 112: Division approval or ADJ 111
Teaches the principles of organization and administration of law enforcement agencies. Studies the management of line operations, staff and auxiliary services, investigative and juvenile units. Introduces the concept of data processing; examines policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to crime prevention. Surveys concepts of protection of life and property, detection of offenses, and apprehension of offenders. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 115 Patrol Procedures (3 credits)
Describes, instructs and evaluates street-level procedures commonly employed by patrol officers in everyday law enforcement operations. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 130 Introduction to Criminal Law (3 credits)
Surveys the general principles of American criminal law, the elements of major crimes, and the basic steps of prosecution procedure. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 140 Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)
Focuses on societal responses to the offender. Traces the evolution of practices based on philosophies of retribution, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Reviews contemporary correctional activities and their relationships to other aspects of the criminal justice system. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 160 - Police Response to Critical Incidents (3 credits)
Provides a basic introduction to incident command and emerging trends. Addresses bomb threats; hostage/barricade situations; attacks on institutions such as schools and hospitals; criminal hazmat; terrorist, militia/paramilitary, and extended crime scene evidence collection scenarios; and other long term or large scale events. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 162 - Introduction to Sex Crimes (3 credits)
Provides a basic introduction to sex crimes. Covers relevant law, investigative techniques, cybersex crimes and criminals, application of criminal investigative analysis, and future trends. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 164 - Case Studies in Murder/Violent Crime (3 credits)
Introduces the student to the investigation of murder and other violent crimes by means of classic case studies and, to the extent feasible, local case files. Includes methodology, strategy and tactics, analysis, relevant law, and future trends. Covers evidentiary techniques and technologies with a primary focus on how critical thinking is applied to serious violent crime. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 171 - 172 Forensic Science I - II (4 credits/4 credits)
Prerequisite for ADJ 172: ADJ 171
These courses are designed primarily for second-year students in Police Science. Others may enroll with the permission of the instructor. Introduces student to crime scene technology, procedures for sketching, diagramming, and using casting materials. Surveys the concepts of forensic chemistry, fingerprint classification/identification and latent techniques, drug identification, hair and fiber evidence, death investigation techniques, thin-layer chromatographic methods, and arson materials examination. Lecture 3 hours, Laboratory 3 hours, Total 6 hours per week.
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ADJ 100, 111, 115, and 130
Surveys the basic guarantees of liberty described in the U.S. Constitution and the historical development of these restrictions on government power, primarily through U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Reviews rights of free speech, press, assembly, as well as criminal procedure guarantees (to counsel, jury trial, habeas corpus, etc.) as they apply to the activities of those in the criminal justice system. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
Limited to students who have completed all first-year Police Science courses or who have received departmental permission. Surveys the fundamentals of criminal investigation procedures and techniques. Examines crime scene search, collecting, handling and preserving of evidence. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 237 Advanced Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ADJ 236 or division approval
Introduces specialized tools and scientific aids used in criminal investigation. Applies investigative techniques to specific situations and preparation of trial evidence. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 246 Correctional Counseling (3 credits)
Presents concepts and principles of interviewing and counseling as applied in the correctional setting. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 248 Probation, Parole and Treatment (3 credits)
Surveys the philosophy, history, organization, personnel and functioning of traditional and innovative probation and parole programs; considers major treatment models for clients. Lecture 3 hours per week.
ADJ 297 Co-op (2-5 credits)
Requires curriculum advisor and co-op advisor approvals.
Cooperative education in police science. Designed to provide practical work experience for the police science student. Minimum on-the-job training is 10 hours per week.
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