Criminal Justice and Protective Services

Department Head: David Cruickshank

Instructor: Joseph Linskey 


CJPS has it own website for classroom updates.



Vinal CJPS students were trained and earned certification in hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response. Town of Berlin Fire Marshal Steven Waznia assisted with the instruction, providing the students with real-world experiences. The students went to I-91, identifying hazardous materials vehicles and proper response guidelines for incidents involving all of them. Students also learned about appropriate personal protective equipment and dressed in level-C hazardous material protective clothing as part of their training


The Criminal Justice and Protective Services program, with the help of local law enforcement instructors, recently certified students in the Nation’s Stop the Bleed initiative. Students learned how to stop life threatening bleeding that can occur in any number of circumstances from industrial and motor vehicle accidents and human threats. Students learned the material and then demonstrated their skills in a variety of challenging scenarios designed to make them improvise and do the most good. The National Stop the Bleed initiative was implemented due to the high number of deaths that occur annually from severe bleeding. These victims typically have less than five minutes before their life threatening injuries cannot be reversed. Vinal Technical High School is no officially a Stop the Bleed school complete with trained students and an Emergency Bleeding Control Station.



Students participate in CT DOT mock train crash

On Saturday, November 3, 2018 Vinal CJPS students volunteered to be victims during a CT Department of Transportation mock train crash. The drill involved numerous agencies including the CT Rail, DOT, Hartford Fire, Hartford Police, State Police, Amtrak Police, Department of Homeland Security, as well as dispatch centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. CJPS volunteers were all tagged with various levels of injuries before departing the Berlin Station. Just north of Hartford, the train simulated a head on crash with a freight train and all of the volunteers not killed in the mock crash had to be rescued. Hartford firefighters and police quickly responded and evacuated the living patients through doors and windows after making the train safe. The drill was a valuable learning experience for all the agencies involved and our students were able to help, learn, and make connections in the trade.


9th grade students get CPR training in the CJPS Department. 

Every freshman that came through our phase one exploratory were trained in CPR through the American Heart Association. The instructor trained 94 freshman in total. Not only did they learn the invaluable CPR skills, they also learned the school's emergency procedures and how to use the school's defibrillator! They also learned how to get help effectively, the location of the school's defibrillator, and the locations of many defibrillators within their communities.

Students learn CPR


The principal objective of this trade curriculum is to give students an overview of criminal justice agencies and emergency services. This program provides students with practical, skills-based training along with fundamentals, concepts, theories, and vocabulary in preparation for careers in police, fire, EMS, dispatch, corrections, or private industry. Students will earn numerous certifications during the program and even test for State certification as Emergency Medical Responders. The program's objective is not just to teach the students but have them improve the fields they are training for. For instance juniors and seniors will operate a real emergency operations center and provide assistance and intelligence to actual State and Federal resources deployed throughout the Country. Seniors will respond to, treat patients, process, investigate, and document a full mock crash and crime scene.

Connecticut Technical Education and Career System's Criminal Justice and Protective Services course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Course Descriptions

Foundations of Criminal Justice (CJ110)
In Grade 9, the student will learn about:
  • Careers in Criminal Justice and Emergency Service
  • Personal Safety, Scene Safety, and Blood Borne Pathogens*
  • CPR* and Stop the Bleed*
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System*
  • The Legal Ladder: Local, State, Federal
  • Constitutional Law: Applications, Amendments, and Exceptions
  • The Criminal Justice Process: Police, Courts, and Corrections.
  • Scene Basics: Scene Size-up, Note Taking, Basic Interviewing
  • Introduction to Emergency Operations Centers
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Bias and Profiling
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Domestic Violence

Protective Services and Operations (CJ210)
In Grade 10, the students will learn about:

  • Hazardous Materials*
  • The National Incident Management System*
  • The National Response Framework*
  • Disaster Operations
  • Fire Basics: Chemistry, Construction, and Suppression
  • Fire Suppression Equipment and Methods
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
  • Communication and Objective Report Writing
  • Emergency Operation Center Exploratory
  • Basics of Radiation
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Traffic Control

Emergency Medical Responder and Crime Scene Investigations (CJ310)
In Grade 11, the students will learn about:

  • Emergency Medical Responder*
    • Patient Safety
    • Legal and Ethic Medical Issues
    • Body Systems
    • Medical Terminology
    • Emergency Medication
    • Emergency Medical Care
    • Special Needs Populations
  • Crime Scene Processing and Investigations
  • Forensics
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Crash Investigations
  • Cyber Crime
  • Emergency Operations Center Operations

Immersion and Specialization (CJ410)

In Grade 12, students will learn about:
  • Federal Emergency Management*
  • Terrorism and Incident Response to Terrorist Events*
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Special Units, State, and Federal Operations
  • Narcotics and Major Crime
  • Emergency Operations Center Capstone
  • Full Mock Crash/Crime Scene Response, Processing, and Documenting

Students who successfully complete this coursework can pursue entry-level positions in the respective fields or continue in a post- secondary setting..