Corrections and Criminal Justice



             Instructor:  Mr. Matthew Grable


    The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored. 


              Traffic Stop            Crime Scene Mock up         Patch


    Course List/Descriptions: 

    Introduction to Criminal Justice

    In this class, students explore basic criminal justice issues including: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, as well as how they all work together.  Students examine the criminal justice process, jobs in each part of the field, what is required to obtain these professional positions, and current salaries associated with the various jobs.  Students will also learn some theories of why people commit crimes, how the law is applied, and how the law affects community/society.  Students will explore the real-world application of the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional amendments, and case law. Students will be introduced report writing, basic investigation processes, forensic science technology, and theory.  Students will learn to identify what reasonable suspicion is vs. probable cause, and they will practice  interpeting laws and breaking  them down to each element to see how actions vs law "fit" together in a real-world scenarios. Students are introduced to dispatch operations as well as crime scene processing and documentation through interactive and fun classroom activities that include guest speakers from different local and state law enforcement agencies. 
    Hands-on learning activites include: 
    A smaller detailed crime scene with physical and trace evidence
    The Missy Hammond Cold case investigation and documentation processes
    Field forensics including lifting fingerprints and rolling prints
    Blood typing and DNA analysis
    Evidence collection and documentation
    Crime scene photography introduction
    Court procedures
    Mock court trial
    In-class debates
    Crisis intervention
    De-escalation techniques
    Interview and interrogation
    Chris Watts crime investigation review including polygraph explanation and theory
    Advanced Criminal Justice
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Introduction to Criminal Justice
    In this course, during the first month of school, students will learn the roles that coroners' and medical examiners' play in investigations including an autopsy of an animal. 
    Students will engage in responding to calls and situations and participate in a more detailed criminal investigation.  Practical applications of the law, law interpretation (meaning of the law vs. letter of the law) will be conducted.  Students will also examine how attorneys and courts use and apply the law.  Students will explore case law and how it affects state law and the legal applications of the law.  Students will also participate in interactive and fun classroom activities that include guest speakers from different local and state law enforcement agencies. 
    Hands-on classroom activities will include:
    Crisis intervention
    Verbal judo (certification) 
    Fingerprinting, DNA fingerprints, and advanced crime scene investigative techniques
    Students will learn how to obtain filed off serial numbers from metal items such as cars
    Students will obtain better radio usage, dispatch operations, communications for criminal justice, report writing techniques, practical applications of evidence triangulation and documentation, 
    Students can obtain CPR / First aid and AED for first responders, 
    Critical incident evaluations / methods
    Detailed enforcement in traffic
    Traffic control and methods
    Community safety
    Mental health issues, evaluations for first responders, and responding to the mental health crisis
    Students will learn basic arrest control techniques
    Advanced and enhanced forensic techniques will be learned, such as fuming for fingerprints, using alternate light sources and regents, utilizing chemical-based science such as luminal to detect blood, analyzing injuries and in-depth crime scene documentation and photography, Digital fingerprinting techniques, heated fingerprint obtainment, Evidence collection methods, and documentation.
    Coming Soon Pending Funding and Purchase Approval:
    Driving simulator
    FATS machine simulator 
    Other Opportunities:
    ***Official Certifications in finger printing and other areas that count towards college courses and/or employment in the criminal justice field
    ***Ability to Letter in South Criminal Justice
    ***Criminal Justice Club: Meets afterschool and on weekends for extended hands on activites and field trips
    For more information, email Mr. Grable or call 7419.549.7255.