Criminal Justice

This is a two-year course designed to prepare students who have an interest in one of the numerous careers in law related fields and emergency services.

Students are introduced to Michigan Criminal Law and its applications, police procedures, police administration, criminal investigations, court procedures, first-aid, CPR and the Criminal Justice System as a whole. Students will become familiar with employment opportunities of local agencies, and internships will be made available with those working in the field of law enforcement.

Students compete in local and national skills competitions against other secondary criminal justice students through SkillsUSA and can earn transferable college credits through demonstration of academic knowledge and skills learned through this course.

Course Syllabus (State Articulations)

In-Class Curriculum


  1. Michigan Criminal Law and Police Procedure-Michigan State Police
  2. Criminal Justice Today- Schmalleger
  3. Criminal Investigation- Bennett/Hess

Instructional Segments

  1. Law
  2. Ethics
  3. Investigations
  4. Courts
  5. Police Physical Skills
  6. Patrol
  7. Special Investigations
  8. Special Populations
  9. First Aid
  10. Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Investigation
  11. Health/Wellness and Employability
  12. Special Operations & Emergency Preparedness

Police Training Certifications

  • Community Policing
  • Use of Force
  • Patrol Response to Active Shooters
  • Crash Investigations
  • DUI
  • Effective Courtroom Testimony
  • Report Writing
  • Responding to Robbery Homicide
  • Surviving Search Warrants
  • Suicide by Cop
  • Pursuit Decision Making
  • Crisis Negotiations


  • Accident Investigation
  • Booking Procedures/Fingerprinting
  • Casting
  • Communications
  • CSI photography
  • Dispatching
  • Employment Exam
  • Encyclopedia of American Prisons (abstracts)
  • Faces (sketch Artist)
  • Fallen Troopers (Officer Safety Critiques)
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Forensic Case Abstract (s)
  • Forensic Science: Dealing with Evidence(CD-ROM)
  • Forensics (CD-ROM)
  • GPS
  • Handcuffing
  • Job Application, Cover Letter, Resume
  • Job Shadow (as available)
  • Latent Fingerprint Lift &ID
  • MCOLES Pre-employment test
  • Metal Detector (Evidence Collection)
  • Mind of a Killer (CD-ROM)
  • Mock Trial
  • Opposing Viewpoints (current issues in policing)
  • Police Administration
  • Radar Operations
  • Report Writing
  • Street Survival Tactics
  • Traffic stops
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Current Issues in Criminal Justice