Criminal Justice


If you’ve thought about a career in law enforcement, this program will introduce you to many of the skills and laws police and security officers need to know. Appropriate investigative functions and techniques, patrol functions, forensics, security systems and emergency responses required for public/private security are explored.

Work EnvironmentCourse OutlineStudent Supplies
Personnel employed in the field of Criminal Justice may work for public or private institutions, e.g. local police departments, court systems, prisons, military police, store detectives, private security agencies, and private businesses. Technicians also work in computer/data processing jobs related to the industry.
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Introduction to the Court System
  • Patrol Functions
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Crisis Intervention/Emergency Response
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Social and Economic Impact of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Career Orientation: Job Seeking, Job Keeping Skills, Administration, Management
  • Intro. to NYS Laws
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Investigative Functions/Techniques
  • Code of Conduct – Public Relations
  • Development of Physical Skills
  • Private and Public Security
  • Communications
  • Current and Critical Issues
  • Principles of Defensive Driving
  • Surveillance Systems
Appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor work
1. Pen
2. Watch
3. Memo or agenda book

CTE Endorsement

Students must successfully meet the academic and attendance criteria for a two-year Wilson Tech Certificate of Completion, be High School diploma eligible, and pass the following national certification exam: National Occupational Competency Testing Exam (NOCTI) – Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement.

About the instructor

Spencer D. Donaldson, a retired military field-grade officer and a retired NYC police detective, brings more than40 years of real-world experience to his classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a graduate of the US Academy of Military Science, and is a NYS licensed private investigator.

John F. McColgan, Jr., received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in law enforcement and a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College. He has worked as a police officer in Massachusetts and a criminal investigator for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.