Colleges see a 37% Increase in Criminal Justice Course Enrollees since 2011
This time is one of the first times in many years where there has been a growing number of people wanting to become police officers. In past years, many local police precincts had a hard time finding enough applicants to fill vacant positions. This was primarily due to the fact that people considered being a police officer a very dangerous job. Today however, with the rising percentage of unemployment in many major industries like medical and retail, a lot of former medical and retail workers are now earning degrees and certification in law enforcement. As a result of this increased interest, more criminal justice schools are being launched to handle increased enrollment. In June of this year alone, the number of people enrolling in criminal justice courses was up thirty seven percent from June 2011.
In order to qualify for enrollment, most schools require passing an entrance examination and also fully completing a student application form. In terms of some of the course topics currently being taught today, some of these include, how to restrain a potential suspect, the best way to signal for back up, the importance of remembering to read a potential suspect their rights, and also how to maintain order while transporting a potential suspect in a police car. In addition, there are also specialized courses that focus on team building and leadership. These types of courses are generally taken by individuals who are interested in becoming a police chief or captain.
In terms of job opportunities, there are many positions available today for individuals with criminal justice training in the both private and public sectors. In regards to salary, the pay range for most of these positions is from thirty three thousand to forty eight thousand dollars a year. However, those with advanced certification may earn up to twenty percent more.