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Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Coy H. Johnston - Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

January 2014 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Coy H. Johnston’s concise, yet thorough and creative text, Careers in Criminal Justice, prepares students to plan, pursue, and realize their career goals—from conception through the hiring process. The book's contemporary approach emphasizes student self-reflection and pragmatism in the pursuit of self-fulfillment and happiness. With coverage of over forty careers in policing, courts, corrections, and victims services, this text provides a comprehensive overview of the most popular and growing careers in the field. Readers are provided self assessment tools to enhance self awareness and steer them toward realistic and suitable careers in criminal justice. This easy-to-read guide is organized to facilitate understanding and encourage growth throughout the reader’s career.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
I. SECTION 1 - PLANNING
 
1. Know Yourself
Introduction

 
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

 
Self Assessments

 
What Color is Your Parachute?

 
Keirsey Temperament Sorter

 
True Colors

 
What Type Am I?

 
The Four Temperaments

 
What Color is Your Personality?

 
HumanMetrics

 
GAcollege411

 
Summary

 
 
2. Setting Realistic Goal
Introduction

 
Setting Realistic Goals

 
Issues with Police Work

 
The Use of Deception

 
The Role of Acting in Police Work

 
The Use of Discretion

 
The Use of Force

 
The Polygraph Test

 
Interviewing and Interrogating

 
The Internal Investigations

 
Issues in the Judicial System

 
The Power of Persuasion

 
Attitude

 
Communication Skills

 
Salary Issues

 
Power and Responsibility

 
Ethics in Court

 
The Battle of Wits

 
Issues in Corrections

 
The Communication Gap

 
The Dangers for Correctional Officers

 
Alternative Correctional Careers

 
The Realities of Working in Criminal Justice

 
Change

 
The Search for Happiness

 
Summary

 
 
II. SECTION 2 - PURSUING
 
3. Local and State Law Enforcement
Introduction – Local Law Enforcement

 
Game and Fish Warden

 
Gaming Officer

 
Campus Police

 
 
Non-Sworn Opportunities
Diversity Issues

 
Summary

 
 
4. Federal Law Enforcement
Introduction

 
FBI

 
DEA

 
ATF

 
Border Patrol

 
ICE

 
U.S. Secret Service

 
U.S. Marshals

 
Non-Sworn Positions

 
Diversity in Federal Law Enforcement

 
Experience

 
Summary

 
 
5. Forensic Science
Introduction

 
Crime Scene Technician

 
Forensic Scientist

 
Medical Examiner

 
Investigative Technician

 
Criminalist – DNA Analyst

 
Criminalist – Toxicologist

 
Forensic Nurse Examiner

 
Forensic Psychiatrist Specialist

 
Forensic Interviewer

 
Forensic Entomologist

 
Diversity in Forensic Jobs

 
Summary

 
 
6. Victim Services
Introduction

 
Victim Advocate and Related Positions

 
Diversity in Victim Services

 
Summary

 
 
7. Courts
Introduction

 
Law School

 
Job Search

 
Law careers

 
Diversity in Law careers

 
Summary

 
 
8. Corrections
Introduction

 
State Correctional Officer

 
County Detention Officer

 
City Jailer

 
Parole / Probation Officer

 
Juvenile Rehabilitation Officer

 
Home Detention Officer

 
Probation Aide

 
Parole Board Hearing Officer

 
Diversity in Probation and Parole Work

 
Summary

 
 
9. Private Security and Investigations
Introduction

 
Security Officer

 
Private Investigators

 
Loss Prevention

 
Armed Security Guard

 
Diversity Issues in Private Security

 
Summary

 
 
III. SECTION 3 - PREPARING
 
10. Getting a Foot in the Door
Introduction

 
Portfolios

 
Letters of Recommendation

 
Certificates

 
Volunteer Service

 
Education Documentation

 
Vita/Resume

 
Interview Preparation

 
Police Ride-a-Long

 
Court/Attorney Observations

 
Firearms

 
Physical Fitness

 
Volunteering vs. Internships

 
Education/Grades

 
Law School Admission Test

 
The Application

 
Written Tests

 
Psychological Test

 
Summary

 
 
11. The Interview
Introduction

 
Punctuality

 
Appearance

 
Body Language

 
Introductions

 
Sample Questions

 
Dos and Don’ts

 
A Note to Females

 
Personal Note to Minorities, Females, Gays, and Lesbians

 
A Note to Law Students

 
Summary

 

Supplements

Companion Site
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
  • Chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides that highlight essential content and  features from the book.

Couldn't afford it this FY.

Mr Donald Hammond
Social Science, Lapeer County Vocational School
October 21, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 10

Chapter 11


Coy H. Johnston

Coy H. Johnston is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at the University of Phoenix and his master’s degree in community counseling from Northern Arizona University. He has been a nationally certified counselor since 2004. For more than 27 years, Johnston worked in law enforcement, specializing in sexual crimes and domestic violence. During his career, he co-organized the Mesa Police Benefit Fund, which offered financial assistance to needy employees; the Mesa Police Department RCVR program, which provided additional funds for... More About Author

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