Criminal Justice introduces students to public safety occupations and what it takes to protect and serve a community. Practical instruction focuses on the daily duties of police officers and other professionals of the justice system. If you are interested in law enforcement, forensics, homeland security, conservation, or the legal proceedings of the criminal justice system, you should consider this project-based, hands-on program.


Students may complete 15 technical dual credits leading to the Vincennes University Law Enforcement Certificate of Graduation (CG) while completing two years in the Criminal Justice program. An additional 15 credit hours in academic areas are required to complete the CG. Dual credit Communication, English, Political Science, Math (quantitative reasoning), and History could meet these academic course requirements. Students should check with their counselors for information on the dual credit courses available at their high school.

You Will Learn:

  • History of the criminal justice system
  • Crime prevention efforts
  • Securing a crime scene
  • Forensic investigation
  • Collection and preservation of evidence
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Fingerprinting
  • Preparation of police reports
  • Courtroom demeanor and testifying
  • Radio communications
  • Patrol techniques
  • Traffic control
  • Crash reconstruction
  • Defensive techniques
  • CPR and First Aid

A Typical Student

The typical student is interested in a career in public safety, the legal system, the military, or other related fields. Successful students are mature and can behave appropriately in adult situations. They have the patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned. They can work on projects independently or with other students. They take initiative, check their work as needed, and stay on task without constant supervision. Safety is a primary focus, and students must follow the guidelines to keep themselves and other safe.


Get Yourself Ready

To be prepared for success, be on track for graduation and develop a good work ethic. The following pathway courses at your high school will help prepare you for the Criminal Justice career program, further education and training, and a career in criminal justice:

  • Preparing for College and Careers
  • Interpersonal Relationships


Criminal Justice Program Elements January 2023