Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement

Academic Division of Professional Programs

The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the criminal justice profession or to provide additional training or further advancement for those already employed in the criminal justice field by emphasizing courses in the theory and practice of Criminal Justice and closely related topics.

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Certificates

The Law Enforcement Certificate Program is designed for those individuals who have been accepted into a regional police academy in Massachusetts or who plan on applying for a police position in a municipality whose police officer candidates are trained in a regional police academy.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of structure and functions of the police, courts, and corrections
  • Analyze how theories of criminal behavior explain such behavior, and how those theories relate to the criminal justice system
    Describe major court decisions related to crime and criminal procedure and how those decisions influence the behavior of those working in or involved with the criminal justice system
  • Describe the rights under the United States Constitution of those accused of crime, and explain why those rights exist
  • Analyze the criminal justice process from initial contact with the police to appeals
  • Explain the substance, purpose, and function of criminal law
  • Distinguish between the features and purposes of the adult court system and the juvenile court system

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Degrees

The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the criminal justice profession or to provide additional training or further advancement for those already employed in the criminal justice field by emphasizing courses in the theory and practice of Criminal Justice and closely related topics.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of the police, courts, and corrections
    Analyze how theories of criminal behavior explain such behavior, and how those theories relate to the criminal justice system
  • Describe major court decisions related to crime and criminal procedure and how those decisions influence the behavior of those working in or involved with the criminal justice system
  • Describe the Constitutional rights in the United States of those accused of a crime, and explain why those rights exist
  • Analyze the criminal justice process from initial contact with the police to appeals
  • Explain the substance, purpose, and function of criminal law
  • Distinguish between the features and purposes of the adult court system and the juvenile court system

Plymouth

Quincy

Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • CJS 101
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • 3
    This course introduces the criminal justice process and services with discussion of the roles of police, courts, and corrections. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 103
    • Criminology
    • 3
    The nature and cause of criminal behavior in contemporary America, the social forces involved, the major causes of lawbreaking, and analysis of social responses to criminals, including the workings of the police, courts, laws, and prisons are studied. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 105
    • Criminal Evidence & Investigation
    • 3
    An examination of the kinds and degrees of evidence and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. The student will study the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, source of information, interviews and interrogation, follow-up, and case preparation. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 109
    • Criminal Law
    • 3
    This course introduces the student to the principles of criminal liability, elements of crimes, defenses to crimes and parties to crimes in the areas of property crimes, crimes against the person, crimes against habitation, and drug trafficking. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 121
    • Criminal Procedure
    • 3
    This course introduces the student to the basics of criminal procedure, including the law of search and seizure, arrest, interrogation and identification, the pretrial process, the criminal trial, sentencing and punishment, appeal and post-conviction relief, and constitutional safeguards in state and federal criminal proceedings. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 104
    • Law Enforcement & Society
    • 3
    The role of the police in a democratic society is examined as well as the historical development of law enforcement emphasizing European and American tradition and practice. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 111
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • 3
    This course surveys the criminal justice system as a whole, the interdependence and independence of actors, and discusses system concerns and allocation of resources. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 113
    • Drugs and Society
    • 3
    This course discusses the major social health issues involving drugs. Topics covered include the psychological aspects of drug involvement, the pharmacology of drugs, alcoholism, current rehabilitation practices, review of state and federal drug laws, and drug education programs at the national, state, and local levels. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 117
    • Crisis Intervention & the Police
    • 3
    This course will examine the police officer responding to a wide range of calls which involve the potential for crisis. This course will involve incidents with violent individuals as well as volatile groups that the police officer often comes into contact with. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 122
    • Conflict & Dispute Resolution
    • 3
    A survey of various dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and mixed processes. Students will gain familiarity with these processes, rudimentary skills in using them, and experience in how to help choose or build the most appropriate dispute resolution or prevention process. Through simulations and case exercises, theories, tactics, and methods will be applied to the fields of criminal justice, business, law, and labor-management relations. Can be used as a Business or Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 131
    • Introduction to Homeland Security
    • 3
    An introduction to Homeland Security as an evolving policy issue, matter of national concern, and a profession, the course prepares students to explore this area of policy, law enforcement/emergency response, and government. This course addresses terrorism, natural disaster, policy development, legal and criminal justice issues, and concepts regarding the structure and authority of the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies. Case studies are examined focusing on threat assessment, disasters, past acts of terrorism, and potential risks facing the nation. Also explored are prevention, mitigation, and response to threats both natural and man-made.
    • CJS 132
    • Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • 3
    Today’s terrorism is characterized by sophistication, organization, financial capacity, and a degree of violence directed at mass populations heretofore unseen. This course presents an overview of the threat of terrorism as posed by weapons of mass destruction, with a focus on nuclear, biological, explosive, and chemical weapons, prevention of, preparation for, and the response to such threats. The focus is on the roles of the first responder before, during, and after WMD incidents.
    • CJS 215
    • White-Collar Crime
    • 3
    This course deals with the rise, nature, causes, and consequences of white-collar crime and addresses such subjects as corporate crime, occupational crime, financial crime, public corruption, technology-based crime, and policing and prosecuting white-collar crime.
    • CJS 221
    • Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect
    • 3
    A survey of domestic violence including spousal or partner battering, child abuse and child neglect, causes, effects, and consequences of domestic violence; judicial, law enforcement and other interventions to protect victims; practical applications of the law; assisting victims/clients with resource and referral assessment; and study of public policy, criminal justice, and legal issues and problems. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 224
    • Unequal Justice: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class & the Law
    • 3
    Inscribed in large letters above the entrance to the Supreme Court of the United States are the words “Equal Justice under the Law.” These words represent the ideal of the American justice system - that law, legal procedures, and legal systems will treat people equally regardless of their race, gender, ethnic background, or social status. The reality of the criminal justice system, emphasizing historical and political foundations, will be explored through the study of gender, race, ethnicity, and class-based differences in law and criminal justice. Designated as a Criminal Justice course, this course may also be taken as a History/ Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 225
    • Victimology
    • 3
    Students will explore the myths and realities pertaining to crime victims, including crime victim statistics, the dynamics of victimization (physical, emotional and/or financial harm), victims’ rights, exposure to how police, courts and related agencies treat victims, and the problems and solutions for special kinds of victims (children, women, sexual assault victims, elderly, drunk driver and bias or hate crime victims). Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 297
    • Criminal Justice Internship
    • 3
    The student works in a supervised work experience in a related criminal justice capacity for at least 90 hours over a semester. A term paper is submitted to the coordinator. Prior permission of the coordinator is required. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.

    • CJS 108
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • 3
    This course will examine a variety of ethical issues faced by justice officials, such as the relationship between personal ethics and social expectations; professional ethics; the use of force; issues of race, gender and class; and noble cause corruption. Students will examine the importance of an ethical foundation for law enforcement while they compare and contrast ethical codes from various sources in the public safety community and historical warrior classes. Special attention will be paid to the concept of noble cause corruption and the compound effects of those outcomes. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.

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1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Tel:  (617) 984-1700

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36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400

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