Friday, September 12, 2008

A career in criminal justice

One of the people in law enforcement that I admire and hold in high esteem is Sheriff John McGinnis of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Under his leadership violent crimes in the county have seen a marked reduction because of the department's successful implementation of "a new effort to reduce violent crime and restore quality of life in the diverse communities" that the department serves.

Sheriff McGinnis's effort couldn't be that successful if he did not have a team of dedicated and trained men and women in his department.

I think in order to be successful in a career in law enforcement not only does a person need to have certain traits like trustworthiness, alertness, patience, diplomacy and a desire and willingness to help others, but a person also needs to have the proper training and qualification like a criminal justice degree.

You might wonder whether it is really necessary to have a degree in criminal justice just to be a deputy sheriff but if you want to go far and have better opportunities in a similar field, a degree in criminal justice can most certainly help.

Rasmussen College, a college that has been awarded Regional Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), has a program where you can obtain your criminal justice degree online, full-time or part-time. Among the courses in this program are Criminal Behavior, Victims in Criminal Justice, Research Methods in Criminal Justice, and Cultural Diversity and Justice.

Rasmussen College has several campuses in Minnesota, Illinois, North Dakota and Florida but like I mentioned earlier, there are programs that you can complete online without having to be physically at a college campus.

Besides offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, the college also offers programs like the Paralegal Associate’s Degree, Professional Peace Officer Education Certificate, Accounting with Financial Investigations specialization Associate’s Degree and the Office Management with Legal/Criminal Justice specialization Associate’s Degree.

If you are in Illinois and would like to prepare yourself for a career in the field of law, Rasmussen's paralegal school illinois would the ideal place for you. You might want to check out the college's website for further information on what the course entails.

Back to where I started, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department have positions open and with the number of people being laid off due to the downturn in the economy, a person would be wise to acquire some qualifications, like a degree in criminal justice, as a back up if for nothing else!


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