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Criminal Justice Administration - After Graduation

As far as job security goes, there is plenty in the field of Criminal Justice Administration.

Future Careers

MHCC Career Coaches are here to help you explore your career options after graduation. Below are a few common paths graduates can pursue.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

In these roles, your daily tasks will include identifying, pursuing, and arresting suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts and providing for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.

Correctional Officers and Jailers

In these roles, you will monitor the conduct of prisoners in housing units or during work or recreational activities according to established policies, regulations, and procedures to prevent escape or violence. You will also inspect the conditions of locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates at correctional facilities to ensure security and help prevent escapes.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

In these roles, you will be responsible for securing deceased bodies, obtaining evidence from them, and preventing bystanders from tampering with them before the medical examiner's arrival. You will also record the progress of the investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to the commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.

Police Identification and Records Officers

In roles such as these, you testify in court and present evidence and analyze and process evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

In roles such as these, you are responsible for interviewing probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans and developing liaisons and networks with other parole officers, community agencies, correctional institutions, psychiatric facilities, and aftercare agencies to plan for helping offenders with life adjustments.

Transit and Railroad Police

In these roles, you will direct security activities at derailments, fires, floods, or strikes involving railroad property and examine the credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

In these roles, you will monitor and evaluate the job performance of subordinates and authorize promotions and transfers. You will also direct the collection, preparation, and handling of evidence and personal property of prisoners.

Security Managers

In these roles, you will create or implement security standards, policies, and procedures and develop budgets for security operations.

Private Detectives and Investigators

In these roles, you will observe and document activities of individuals to detect unlawful acts or to obtain evidence for cases, using binoculars and still or video cameras. You will also confer with establishment officials, security departments, police, or postal officials to identify problems, provide information, or receive instructions.

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