Criminal Justice

Program Description:

During this two-year course, enrolled students will work with personnel in the criminal justice and public service agencies. This includes the Vancouver police department, sheriff’s office, prosecuting attorney’s office, local and state courts, juvenile justice department, Washington state department of corrections and federal law enforcement agencies. Students also engage with guest speakers from these agencies, and experience classroom instruction involving representatives from multiple criminal justice agencies. Skills and competencies taught will include an overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, community policing, criminal acts and impacts on society, the U.S. Constitution, criminal codes, work-readiness, investigations, responding to mock scenes and interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills. Graduating students will have the opportunity to apply for their Oregon Private Security Professional certificate. Students will also complete training in CPR and the National Incident Management System. It’s recommended that students further their education at a community or four-year college for entry level and promotional opportunities enhancement.

Students in the Criminal Justice Program will learn:

  • Criminal and civil law
  • Investigative procedures
  • Career options
  • Law enforcement ethics
  • How laws are created and can be changed
  • The definition of crime and alternatives to incarceration
  • Illegal substances and actions required to seize substances
  • Conflict resolution
  • Record keeping, technical writing and technology
  • Understanding and working with diversity
  • Professional development/leadership skills
  • Safety issues related to criminal justice
  • Basic self-defense
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Patrol techniques
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • Phonetic alphabet
  • Traffic control
  • Mock scenes/traffic stops
  • Courtroom procedures
  • History of law enforcement, corrections and courts

 Program Benefits:

  • 3 High school credits
  • Possible high school credit equivalency in P.E., social studies, or language arts. Check out your district’s offerings by going to our website’s programs page and clicking on “Credit Equivalency.”
  • Competency certificate
  • Leadership opportunities through Mock Trial and Explorers program
  • Preparation for next level of education/training
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Internship opportunities
  • Successful completion of the program, with a grade of “B” or higher, may result in college credit
  • Within two years of the program you have the opportunity to gain 12 college credits

Industry Certification:

  • Licensed Private Security Professional in Oregon State upon passing required tests and paying license and finger print fees to the State of Oregon
  • First Aide/CPR (must pass the tests and pay approximately $30 fee for cards)
  • National Incident Command Certificates upon successful completions of tests for “Introduction to Incident Command System for Law Enforcement” and “National Incident Command System”
  • 21st Century Skills certification
  • Handcuff/Baton certification
  • Law Enforcement (570) certificate with Precision Exams score of at least 80.

Prerequisites:

Criminal Justice I

  • Reading and writing proficiency at 10th grade level
  • Excellent high school attendance record
  • Ability to pass a Clark County Jail Tour background check
  • Must provide own transportation to internship site

Criminal Justice II

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available
  • Ability to pass a Clark County Jail Tour background check
  • Must provide own transportation to internship site

Recommendations:

Successful completion of Writing HSPE (CJ is a writing intensive course)

Note:  Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the Orientation at Cascadia Tech Academy.

Organizations:

  • Possible enrollment in Criminal Justice Explorer programs
  • Students may have the opportunity to compete in YMCA Mock Trial competition
  • Students may have the opportunity to compete in YMCA Youth Legislature
  • Possible enrollment in Portland Police Cadet Program

Career Opportunities – Entry level:

  • Washington State Department of Corrections Officer (must be 18 years old)
  • Local and state law enforcement cadets
  • Records and reception clerk in local, state/federal juvenile & adult correction agencies
  • Private Security

Career Opportunities – With further education:

Police and Law Enforcement:

  • Communication/Dispatch
  • Custody Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Crew Chief
  • State Police
  • Local, State and Federal Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
  • Positions within Local, State/Federal Juvenile and Adult Courts
  • US Department of Customs
  • Local, State and Federal Private Security and Investigation Agencies
  • Washington State Fish and Game Department
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Secret Service
  • US Marshall
  • Forensic lab
  • TSA Agents

Courts:

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Prosecutor
  • Judge
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Administrator

Corrections:

  • Correctional Officer – state and federal
  • Correctional Counselor – state and federal
  • Detention Officer – county
  • Probation Officer – state and federal
  • Case Worker – state and federal
  • Parole Officer – state

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Year 1:

Uniforms are required, must be kept in good repair and include:

  • Black BDUs (battle dress uniform pants) which can be purchased from multiple vendors (including lapolicegear.com ) for approximately $16 per pair.
  • The following items are to be ordered before school starts from: https://www.designsofallkinds.com/product-category/schools/cascadia-tech-academy/ . Criminal Justice First Year Polo Shirt $26, Criminal Justice First Year Program Sweatshirt $45, Criminal Justice Workout shirt $16, and Workout Shorts $21. During fitness training students are required to wear the class exercise T-shirt and shorts (additional/replacement shirts can be ordered throughout the school year but may cost extra for shipping and/or handling). Ordered items will be delivered to the school and distributed by the teacher.
  • A black leather or canvas belt that is strong enough to support equipment such as radios, handcuffs, and flashlights.
  • Students will need black boots, available at Big 5, and black tennis shoes (for workouts)
  • At least 1 police notebook with Miranda Warning (approximately $3.50 each) for taking notes during mock scenes and interviews. The notebooks can be purchased from the Cascadia Tech business office after school starts.
  • Thumb drive (minimum of 1G) required
  • Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.

Year 2:

  • Student must provide their own transportation to/from internship sites. Most internships require business-type/professional clothing or program uniform.
  • The following items are to be ordered before school starts from: https://www.designsofallkinds.com/product-category/schools/cascadia-tech-academy/ . Criminal Justice Second Year Polo Shirt $26, Criminal Justice Second Year Program Sweatshirt $45, Criminal Justice Workout shirt $16, and Workout Shorts $21. During class, 2nd year students are required to wear their CJ Program Uniform including BDUs, and appropriate black footwear. During fitness training students are required to wear the class exercise T-shirt and shorts (additional/replacement shirts can be ordered throughout the school year but may cost extra for shipping and/or handling). Ordered items will be delivered to the school and distributed by the teacher.
  • Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required.

Optional equipment and activities:

  • Criminal Justice Workout Sweatpants (optional) – $22
  • Mock Trial Team Competition (approximately $50) is optional.
  • Law Day Conference in May – approximately $10 (includes lunch)
  • Youth legislature
  • Clackamas Skills Competition
  • EVOC training
  • Other optional conferences or learning experiences outside of school hours may have costs that would be the students’ responsibility if they choose to participate or attend.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Peggy Leifheit in our Business Office. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Leifheit can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2158 or at Peggy.Leifheit@evergreenps.org.