Criminal Justice and Protective Services

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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 High School 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..