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Criminal Justice

Homeland Security is a top priority throughout the United States and the PTC program addresses this demand with a program of hands–on learning, key certifications, and valuable internship.

Key Benefits

  • The PTC MILO Range Pro judgmental training system presents interactive use-of force and firearms simulations providing you with realistic virtual training.
  • You will learn from Crime scene simulations on campus to develop your hands-on experience.
  • Students participate in Field trips to police departments, courthouses, 911 Centers, and other public and private security firms to get a firsthand view of Safety and Security in action.
  • The PTC program includes business management courses that prepare you to climb the career ladder.
  • You will study with experienced Instructors who have worked or continue to work in the field and understand what it takes to be successful.

More information about Criminal Justice below

Alumni: Deanna Shuba

Occupation: Police Officer

Allegheny County Police Officer

“I was drawn to criminal justice because it is a career with excitement and I love being in a position to work with and protect people.”

  • Police Forces
  • County Government Detective Units
  • 911 Dispatch Centers
  • Armored Transportation Companies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corrections institutions
  • Drilling Sites
  • Emergency Management Businesses
  • Energy and Gas Companies
  • Gaming Facilities
  • Hotels, Resorts, Conference Centers
  • Internet Security Companies
  • Municipal Courts
  • Parks, Plants, Corporate Campuses
  • Prerelease Halfway Houses
  • Private Security Companies
  • Probation and Parole Offices
  • Property Developers
  • Protective Services
  • Retail Establishments
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Substance Abuse Centers
  • Surveillance Firms

Alumni: Deanna Shuba

Occupation: Police Officer

Allegheny County Police Officer

“I was drawn to criminal justice because it is a career with excitement and I love being in a position to work with and protect people.”

In the PTC Criminal Justice Program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Valid arrest and search and seizure techniques
  • Constitutional rights of individuals
  • How to conduct a criminal investigation
  • How to handle internal and external threats
  • When to use force
  • Positioning, cuffing, search and takedowns
  • Writing police reports
  • Defensive tactics
  • Levels of proof
  • Sketching and photographing a crime scene
  • Collecting evidence
  • Fingerprinting
  • Footprint casing
  • Interviewing techniques
  • How to police juveniles
  • Terrorism security
  • Private security laws
  • Injury care

Alumni: Deanna Shuba

Occupation: Police Officer

Allegheny County Police Officer

“I was drawn to criminal justice because it is a career with excitement and I love being in a position to work with and protect people.”

The PTC program prepares you for certifications in:

  • Students who meet the enrollment criteria for a firearms academy will be eligible to take ACT 235 training at no additional cost
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 certification from APCO, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
  • Supervisor Excellence, a private security certification from PSTN, the Professional Security Training Network
  • NIMS – National Incident Management System

Alumni: Deanna Shuba

Occupation: Police Officer

Allegheny County Police Officer

“I was drawn to criminal justice because it is a career with excitement and I love being in a position to work with and protect people.”

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
This course describes specific crimes and examines the major theories that attempt to explain the reasons for criminal behavior. The course also examines the organizations that comprise the criminal justice system (including police, courts, and corrections institutions), and defines the roles of these groups within the system.
Introduction to Policing
Through this course, students will gain a knowledge of the history of policing and what is involved with being a police officer today. Topics examined will include the role of police officers in today's society, approaches to police operations, and critical issues in policing, such as stress, ethics, diversity in hiring, and technology in policing.
Introduction to Homeland Security
This course is an introduction to the extremely complex nature of terrorism and homeland security. Students will investigate the context, causes, consequences, and responses to the crime of terrorism from a variety of perspectives. Individual, group and organizational factors that shape terrorism and responses to terrorism will be explored. Strategies for reducing the threat of terrorism and its consequences will be examined. The students will also be introduced to the National Incident Management System.
Criminal Procedure
This course will show the relationship of law enforcement and individual constitutional rights. Students will define probable cause and study what constitutes a valid arrest, search, seizure, admission, and confession.
Principles of EOC/Dispatch
This course prepares the student for the role of a communication specialist/dispatcher. Focus areas include: FCC rules and regulations; basic telecommunications techniques; law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical dispatch; Computer Aided Dispatch; crisis intervention strategies; and professionalism. NIMS protocol is also examined. The student will be introduced to a real-life communication center environment through simulation lab exercises which will be incorporated as a significant component of the course. At the end of the course, the students will sit for the APCO Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 exam.
Criminal Investigations
This course will provide a practical approach to conducting investigations by instructing students in investigative responsibilities, the methods of conducting investigations for crimes against people and property, and the challenges faced by criminal investigators.
Criminal Law
This course deals with what is called substantive criminal law, i.e., crimes. Numerous crimes such as homicide, theft, and conspiracy are examined, and defenses such as selfdefense and insanity are scrutinized. A primary focus of the course is the utilization and interpretation of criminal statutes.
Modern Corrections Issues
Going beyond the description of the corrections system discussed in Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, this course introduces modern correctional issues, including the role of prisons in prisoner reform, probation and prison alternatives, the prison environment for staff and inmates, parole, and the death penalty debate.
Cyber Crime
This course explores cybercrime as an evolving crime problem. Discussions will revolve around technology development, criminal adoption of computers and other forms of information technology for illicit purposes. The subjects studied in this course also provide an introduction to legal issues surrounding e-commerce.
Juvenile Justice
During this course, students will study juvenile delinquency trends, the characteristics of juvenile offenders, the relationship of juvenile offenders and the criminal justice system, and the various methods of prevention and treatment.
Casino and Lodging Security
This course will provide students with a working knowledge of and approach to handling vital risk management issues found in the casino and hotel industries. Topics include: rule and regulations of the service industry; applicable laws affecting business operations; legal implications for failure to adhere to current standards and laws; equipment and methods used in detecting, identifying, deterring, and prosecuting offenders; and leadership qualities.
Security and Loss Prevention
Beginning by introducing students to basic loss prevention concepts, this course then presents methods of implementing a complete security program. Topics covered include screening employees, recognizing and handling internal and external threats, buying physical security systems, understanding the relationship between risk management and insurance, and identifying loss prevention means in retail and industry.
Act 235 Certification Preparation (or)
This course enables students to prepare for and complete Act 235 Certification: Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons Training. This certification is a requirement for individuals who are required to carry a lethal weapon as a condition of employment. Preparation for the certification includes taking a psychological evaluation, fingerprinting, a physical examination, and a criminal background check. This is a pass/fail course and the students will be required to take this course off campus at a Pennsylvania certified Act 235 school.
Report Writing For Criminal Justice Professionals
This course is designed to teach students the basic techniques of note taking in the report writing process. The students will analyze and compile data for use in formal reporting in order to gain confidence in report writing. Communicating facts, information and ideas in an effective, simple, and logical sequence will be practiced. The various types of reports and memoranda used in the criminal justice system will be discussed.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Computer Applications
This course provides the student with an introduction to multiple office-based applications. The student will use the knowledge gained in this course as a foundation for implementing and developing projects in various applications including spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, and the PTC network.
Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of the criminal justice field and related industries. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and to become actively involved in the criminal justice field and related industry activities.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Internship
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.

GENERAL STUDIES

English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Psychology**
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Social Problems
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Human Relations in Organizations**
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

Alumni: Deanna Shuba

Occupation: Police Officer

Allegheny County Police Officer

“I was drawn to criminal justice because it is a career with excitement and I love being in a position to work with and protect people.”

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