Do you have a passion for Law Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigation?
Students entering the Criminal Justice program at the EACC should have an interest in Law Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Corrections, and Emergency Dispatch.
Successful students will demonstrate a high level of aptitude in critical thinking, theory, and communications and be skilled at the investigative process and interpersonal communication.
Does this sound like you? Criminal Justice may be the path for you!
Students in the Criminal Justice program learn the fundamentals of Criminal & Traffic Law, Investigations, Crime Scene Management, Constitutional Legal Issues, Arrest, Evidence Processing, Corrections, and Emergency Dispatching.
Through project-based learning, Criminal Justice students will have the opportunity to take on a variety of real-world Suspect and Crime Scene interactions in collaboration with their instructor and classmates.
Through work-based learning, Criminal Justice students may have the opportunity to participate in Law Enforcement scenarios that simulate real world police interaction.
- Develop core skills used in crime scene investigations including, but not limited to, identifying and securing a crime scene, sketching and documenting a crime scene; collecting and packaging evidence, and categorizing evidence such as fingerprints, tool marks, and DNA
- Acquire basic skills used in death investigations utilizing human autopsy protocols on a fetal pig. Interact with various law enforcement professionals (current & retired) to gain insight and learn different strategies in the field of criminal investigations
- Learn essential skills to become an emergency
dispatcher for an emergency 911 call center, including determining the nature and priority of the emergency call, dispatching the appropriate emergency personnel, and providing the caller with instructions on how to treat the patient until help arrives
- Participate in specialized hands-on training in law enforcement, corrections, and public safety fields based on the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) standards in collaboration with public safety professionals (current & retired)
- Acquire core skills critical in law enforcement that include, but are not limited to, patrol tactics, criminal and traffic laws, arrest procedures, person searches, and building/vehicle searches
- Participate in the Indiana Enforcement Academy Jail Officer Course which covers the Indiana Department of Correction policies and procedures, legal considerations from intake to release of inmates, jail security, medical considerations, suicide prevention, abnormal behavior in inmates, maintaining appropriate relationships with inmates, and stress management to help students earn the certification to become an Indiana County Jail Officer
- Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 1
Students completing the Criminal Justice program at the EACC will be prepared and have the required knowledge for the next step in their career journey, whether it’s college or directly into the career field.
During their two years at the EACC, Criminal Justice students will have the opportunity to earn 21 college credits through dual enrollment at Vincennes University, at no charge to the student/family and by simply successfully completing the EACC program. Students who complete the program will have the opportunity to test for Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Jail Officer Certification and International Academy of Emergency Dispatch - Emergency Telecommunicator Certification.
Additionally, students who complete dual enrollment courses ENG 111 (College English), MATH 123 (Quantitative Reasoning), COMM 101 (Communication), and PHYS 101 either through their home high school or the EACC, can earn a Certificate of Graduation from Ivy Tech Community College.
Students who complete the program will have the opportunity to test for Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Jail Officer Certification and International Academy of Emergency Dispatch - Emergency Telecommunicator Certification.
Earn up to 29 college credits and early college certificate through Vincennes University. College coursework is embedded into EACC curriculum.