Criminal Justice Careers

Criminal justice careers range from law enforcement, forensics and legal professionals to contractors. Those who take on this career must have at least a bachelor degree in criminal justice or law enforcement.

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Can a former police officer take pictures of you?

Former police officers don't have any special rights in this regard, but that still means the answer is "yes," since basically anyone can take pictures of you.

There are some limitations on how the pictures can be used ... people are generally considered to own the rights to their own likeness, so you usually can't use a photograph of someone for commercial purposes without their consent (with some exceptions if the subject is "newsworthy"). But the act of taking a picture is not illegal, nor can you sue over it.

Do auxiliary police officers get paid?

City of Glen Cove, N.Y. pays their Aux. P.O.'s minimum wage. (No F.T. work or health, time off, pension benefits etc. provided.)

Another View: It would depend entirely on the jurisdiction in question. Some do, and some don't, and still others don't have auxiliaries.

How long does it take for something to become a habit?

AnswerEvery person is different. So, it can take different amounts of time to grow on and off a habit for different people. It also depends on what the habit is.

Although your question is too general to offer much help, you may find this interesting to observe regarding creating or changing "habits".

Simple repetitive tasks require a time frame of approximately 21 days to condition.

Here is a familiar example: When you walk into your bedroom you "automatically" reach for the light switch on the left side as you enter. Then you move to a new home where the light switch is located on the right side as you enter. You will find that it will take you about 21 days to stop reaching for that light switch on the left side. (that is not there!). You will also find this 21 day "benchmark" to be the time your new house will start feeling "like home".

Answer:Around 30 - 40 repetitions, with most people.

It depends on how type of person you are; and also depends on that you are human being or animal.

Animals take more time then human beings to make anything their habit, and they also take more time to leave that habit.

Also, human beings differ from person to person.

Answer:21 days is not an accurate answer! That number appears to have been invented by a self-styled self-help expert based on guesswork. Research shows that the amount of time varies greatly depending on how complex the activity is, how often it's performed, and other factors. In one experiment habit formation took anywhere from 1 month to 8 months.

Can you become a police officer at age 45?

(in the US) Depending on the regulations of the state or municiplity, you may qualify to become a state or local officer or deputy but federal law enforcement candidates may be no older than 36 years of age at the time they are sworn in.

How long does it take to become a wedding planner?

It really depends on how much start up cash you have. You don't have to obtain any formal training as you are in business for yourself. You might want to check out a couple of guides on becoming a wedding planner.

What happens in the state of Virginia if you are sued in civil court and cannot afford a defense attorney or a settlement?

Some pro bono projects offer assistance to defendants who are unable to afford attorneys in civil suits, but there is no guaranteed right to an appointed attorney as there are in criminal actions.

If you are unable to obtain low cost or free legal assistance, you will need to do the research and answer the lawsuit to the best of your ability. The most important thing is to remember to always be honest. You may or may not receive some leniency from the Court regarding procedure, but presenting a defense that is false or that you don't understand will never work out well for you.

How does someone become a judge in the federal courts?

By being really smart, doing good in school and college. Obtaining a degree in law, being a model citizen.... and getting appointed by the President, and confirmed by Senate.

It's probably easier said than done though. If that's what you want to do I would read up on a few Judges.... look at their education, and career history. That should give you some basic insight on whats expected from a Federal Judge.

Can I become a police officer if my husband is a felon?

Yes, although the issue will come up during a background investigation as to your fitness to be a law enforcement officer. If your husband continues to maintain a criminal lifestyle or to associate with other criminals, you may have to distance yourself from him or put your career at risk.

Which makes more a defense attorney or prosecutors?

Prosecutors work for the government and their salaries are public record. Defense Attorneys (unless they are Public Defenders, who also work for the government) are private businessman. There are both successful and not-so-successful private attorneys. Some do quite well and are quite famous, the overwhelming majority are not.

Why are police officers called police officers?

The word "Police" generally refers to an agency empowered to enforce laws and maintain public and social order. The term "Officer" generally refers to an agent working for the agency.


P - Politically

O - Over

L - Licensed

I - Incompetent

C - Controlling

E - Entity

And "OFFICER" Means

O - Over

F - Forceful

F - Fearing

I - Incompetent

C - Controlling

E - Entity

R - Reviser

What jobs can you get with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice?

· Airport Security Officer

· Animal Treatment Investigator

· Bailiff

· Body Guard

· Border Patrol Agent

· CIA Agent

· Child Support Agency Worker

· Community Service Coordinator

· Compliance Manager

· Corrections Officer

· Court Clerk

· Customs Agent

· Deportation Officer

· Deputy Marshall

· Discrimination Investigator

· Drug Enforcement Agent

  • Employment Agency Recruiter
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Housing/Tenant Representative
  • Industrial Security Specialist
  • Juvenile Court Counselor
  • Law Clerk
  • Litigation Manager
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Military Officer
  • Naval Investigator
  • Non-Profit Organization Advocate
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Police Officer
  • Postal Service Investigator
  • Pre-Trial Services Officer
  • Private Security Officer
  • Probation & Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Safety Officer
  • SBI Agent
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Sheriff
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • U.S. Customs Agent
  • U.S. Marshall
  • Victim Services Specialist
  • Youth Advocate

Possible Job Titles for Advanced Criminal Justice Degree Holders

  • Attorney
  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Coroner
  • Corrections Facilities Manager
  • Counter Intelligence Agent
  • Court Administrator
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • District Attorney
  • FBI Agent
  • Law Librarian
  • Penologist
  • Police Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • Public Defender
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Warden

Who is the black female defense attorney in Law and Order?

One of the best was Lorraine Toussaint who played defense attorney, Shambala Green, on 7 episodes of Law and Order.

Does the US allow capital punishment?

Federal law and the laws in 35 of the 50 stats allow the death penalty.

As of October 2009, fourteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the death penalty; and New York has declared a portion of its capital punishment statute unconstitutional. The difference between New York's status and that of the other listed states is that, while their judiciary nullified a portion of the current death penalty law, the state hasn't passed legislation officially banning capital punishment.

New Mexico is the most recent state to declare state-sponsored executions illegal, in 2009.

  1. Alaska.......................1957
  2. Hawaii.......................1948
  3. Iowa.........................1965
  4. Maine........................1887
  5. Massachusetts............1984
  6. Michigan....................1846
  7. Minnesota..................1911
  8. North Dakota..............1973
  9. Rhode Island..............1984
  10. Vermont....................1964
  11. West Virginia..............1965
  12. Wisconsin..................1853
  13. Washington, DC..........1981
  14. New Jersey.................2007
  15. New Mexico................2009
  16. New York...................2004, 2007*
* State death penalty statute declared unconstitutional.

Conversely, Texas leads the nation in the number of prisoners executed since 1976, at 441. Virginia runs a distant second with 103 executions in that time; Oklahoma is third with 91.

What is an unsub in criminal justice?

In criminal justice, and unsub is an unknown subject. This person is believed to be the source of criminal activity, and evidence ties a crime or multiple crimes to this one person. The term is often used on the show Criminal Minds to refer to a serial killer who the FBI is learning about but has not yet identified.

What expirnce do you need to become a police officer?

A good education helps. Good health. Some typing though you may get it on the job. A clean record is important. Just about all training is at an acadamy.

How do you become a police officer?

Law enforcement offers a variety of career opportunities, many of which are available to candidates without degrees. If joining the force would make your day, here's how you can prepare for a career in the field.


1. Take high school and/or continuing education courses in business math/accounting, computer applications and behavioral sciences.

2. Maintain your level of physical fitness. Participation in high school sports will contribute to both your athletic development and your application for appointment to the police department.

3. Consider a period of military service. Two years in the armed forces is excellent mental and physical conditioning for police work.

4. Use common sense. There will be a background check, and a career in law enforcement can quickly be short-circuited by "youthful indiscretions."

5. Take the written civil service exam for police officers. You can obtain information about the exam through your local police department.

6. Pass the physical exam, which typically includes tests of vision, hearing, strength and agility.

7. Pass the lie detector test.

8. Pass the drug test. In addition, should you become a police officer, you may be subject to continued random drug testing during your employment.

9. Have an interview with a senior officer and/or take a personality test to assess your personal characteristics, such as judgment, integrity and responsibility.


Appointment of state and local police officers, sheriffs and detectives is regulated by the civil service.

Answergo to the academy AnswerCivil service regulations govern the appointment of police and detectives in most States, large municipalities, and special police agencies, as well as in many smaller jurisdictions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually must be at least 20 years of age, and must meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications. Physical examinations for entrance into law enforcement often include tests of vision, hearing, strength, and agility. Eligibility for appointment usually depends on performance in competitive written examinations and previous education and experience. In larger departments, where the majority of law enforcement jobs are found, applicants usually must have at least a high school education, and some departments require a year or two of college coursework. Federal and State agencies typically require a college degree. Candidates should enjoy working with people and meeting the public.

Because personal characteristics such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility are especially important in law enforcement, candidates are interviewed by senior officers, and their character traits and backgrounds are investigated. In some agencies, candidates are interviewed by a psychiatrist or a psychologist or given a personality test. Most applicants are subjected to lie detector examinations or drug testing. Some agencies subject sworn personnel to random drug testing as a condition of continuing employment.

Before their first assignments, officers usually go through a period of training. In State and large local departments, recruits get training in their agency's police academy, often for 12 to 14 weeks. In small agencies, recruits often attend a regional or State academy. Training includes classroom instruction in constitutional law and civil rights, State laws and local ordinances, and accident investigation. Recruits also receive training and supervised experience in patrol, traffic control, use of firearms, self-defense, first aid, and emergency response. Police departments in some large cities hire high school graduates who are still in their teens as police cadets or trainees. They do clerical work and attend classes, usually for 1 to 2 years, at which point they reach the minimum age requirement and may be appointed to the regular force.

Police officers usually become eligible for promotion after a probationary period ranging from 6 months to 3 years. In a large department, promotion may enable an officer to become a detective or to specialize in one type of police work, such as working with juveniles. Promotions to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain usually are made according to a candidate's position on a promotion list, as determined by scores on a written examination and on-the-job performance.

Most States require at least two years of college study to qualify as a fish and game warden. Applicants must pass written and physical examinations and vision, hearing, psychological, and drug tests similar to those taken by other law enforcement officers. Once hired, officers attend a training academy lasting from 3 to 12 months, sometimes followed by further training in the field.

To be considered for appointment as an FBI agent, an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school or a college graduate with one of the following: a major in accounting, electrical engineering, or information technology; fluency in a foreign language; or three years of related full-time work experience. All new agents undergo 18 weeks of training at the FBI Academy on the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

Applicants for special agent jobs with the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years' related work experience, or a combination of education and experience. Prospective special agents undergo 11 weeks of initial criminal investigation training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and another 17 weeks of specialized training with their particular agencies.

Applicants for special agent jobs with the DEA must have a college degree with at least a 2.95 grade point average or specialized skills or work experience, such as foreign language fluency, technical skills, law enforcement experience, or accounting experience. DEA special agents undergo 14 weeks of specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

U.S. Border Patrol agents must be U.S. citizens, be younger than 37 years of age at the time of appointment, possess a valid driver's license, and pass a three-part examination on reasoning and language skills. A bachelor's degree or previous work experience that demonstrates the ability to handle stressful situations, make decisions, and take charge is required for a position as a Border Patrol agent. Applicants may qualify through a combination of education and work experience.

Postal inspectors must have a bachelor's degree and 1 year of related work experience. It is desirable that they have one of several professional certifications, such as that of certified public accountant. They also must pass a background investigation, meet certain health requirements, undergo a drug screening test, possess a valid State driver's license, and be a U.S. citizen between 21 and 36 years of age when hired.

Law enforcement agencies are encouraging applicants to take postsecondary school training in law enforcement-related subjects. Many entry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal postsecondary education, and a significant number are college graduates. Many junior colleges, colleges, and universities offer programs in law enforcement or administration of justice. Other courses helpful in preparing for a career in law enforcement include accounting, finance, electrical engineering, computer science, and foreign languages. Physical education and sports are helpful in developing the competitiveness, stamina, and agility needed for many law enforcement positions. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many Federal agencies and urban departments.

Continuing training helps police officers, detectives, and special agents improve their job performance. Through police department academies, regional centers for public safety employees established by the States, and Federal agency training centers, instructors provide annual training in self-defense tactics, firearms, use-of-force policies, sensitivity and communications skills, crowd-control techniques, relevant legal developments, and advances in law enforcement equipment. Many agencies pay all or part of the tuition for officers to work toward degrees in criminal justice, police science, administration of justice, or public administration, and pay higher salaries to those who earn such a degree.

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Also, make sure you have no prior felony arrests. DUI and domestic arrests, specifically those involving harm to children and spouse, are automatic disqualifiers.

(in the US) you have to obtain at least a high school diploma - and some departments require a college level diploma.
Most police departments require that you are a US citizen, at least 20 yrs old, have a high-school diploma or equivalent. Some even require a bachelor's degree. There are then a variety of tests you need to pass before accepted. Once accepted, depending on the department, you are required to attend a police academy for 6 months to a year.

Of course, specifics depend on where you want to work (and vary based on the pay you wish to receive.) Obviously, being bilingual is always a plus, as is more education (related to your prospective career.)
Go to your local station or to their website. Ask them for, or get an application pack. Fill it in and return it. Further instructions specific to the force you may join should be sent to you.

What education or training do you need to become a prison warden?

Nobody starts as a warden.

You need to begin by attending a University, and taking a four year degree in either Criminology or Psychology, or a similar discipline. Then apply for a job at the bottom of the prison's administrative staff, and start working your way up the promotion ladder. After about 20 years you may be in a position to be considered for a deputy warden's job. Along the way you will deal with the worst part of society, the career criminals.


That depends on where you want to work at.


It may sound odd but the majority of wardens have undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration and some knowledge in criminal justice and social sciences.

What are the 6 cardinal points of criminal investigation?

speak to everybody involved.

trust that some people will lie

suspects will not help you with valuable information

perpetrators will throw anyone under a bus if they can to protect them self

look at all possible recorded information surrounding suspects

keep an eye on all movements of suspects

How does a person become a US Court of Appeals judge?

Court of Appeals judges, like all Article III federal judges, are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Generally, Senators recommend qualified judges from their home states to the President, so a person wanting to become a federal judge would do well to impress his or her state's two Senators.