Criminal Justice Technology

Nature of Work

Police officers protect lives and property. Law enforcement officers' duties depend on the size and type of their organizations. Police and detectives pursue and apprehend individuals who break the law and then issue citations or give warnings. Most police officers patrol their jurisdictions and investigate any suspicious activity they notice. They also respond to calls from individuals. Detectives perform investigative duties such as gathering facts and collecting evidence. The daily activities of police and detectives vary with their occupational specialty and whether they work for a local, state, or federal agency. Regardless of job duties or location, police officers and detectives at all levels must write reports and maintain meticulous records that will be needed if they testify in court.

Some police officers specialize in a particular field such as chemical and microscopic analysis, training and firearms instruction, or handwriting and fingerprint identification. Others work with special units such as horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, or harbor patrol; canine corps; special weapons and tactics (SWAT); or emergency response teams. A few local and special law enforcement officers primarily perform jail-related duties or work in courts.

State troopers or highway patrol officers arrest criminals statewide and patrol highways to enforce motor vehicle laws and regulations. State police officers often issue traffic citations to motorists. At the scene of accidents, they may direct traffic, give first aid, and call for emergency equipment. They also write reports used to determine the cause of the accident. State police officers frequently are called upon to render assistance to other law enforcement agencies, especially those in rural areas or small towns.

Federal law enforcement encompasses many agencies that enforce particular types of laws. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents enforce laws and regulations relating to illegal drugs. U.S. marshals and deputy marshals provide security for the federal courts and ensure the effective operation of the judicial system. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents enforce and investigate violations of federal firearms and explosives laws, as well as federal alcohol and tobacco tax regulations. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agents are engaged in the battle against terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security employs numerous law enforcement officers within several different agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Career Outlook

Police and detectives held about 780,000 jobs nationally in 2012.Most policy and detectives work for local governments. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow by 5 percent from 2012 through 2022.

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Credentials You Can Earn

Associate Degree
Criminal Justice Technology

Criminal Justice Technology

Criminal Justice Fundamentals

Criminal Justice Specialist

Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:

Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Textbooks (Approximately $3,150 for the associate degree program, $2,150 for the diploma program, $425 for the Criminal Justice Fundamentals program, and $650 for the Criminal Justice Specialist program)

These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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Mike Sales, Program Chair
Mike Sales is currently the Program Chair for Criminal Justice. His academic credentials include a MPA in Justice Administration from Columbus State University with Honors; MBA from Brenau University; BS in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University and a Certificate in Public Management from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant from the Athens Clarke County Police Department. He has also served as a Deputy United States Marshal, in both Georgia and California and as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Mike has also served the Department of Justice as a 12 year part- time employee. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Northeast Georgia Police Academy and as a Deputy Sheriff in Greene County. Mike has maintained his Georgia Peace Officer Certification for 37 years and has over 4200 hours of advanced POST training to include a number of POST Specialized Certifications and is a graduate of the Georgia Command College for Law Enforcement administrators.
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