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Careers in Criminal Justice

Bill Chapman
Escambia County Schools


Identify and describe the career opportunities and prerequisites in the criminal justice system using multimedia and technology.


The student determines the main idea and identifies relevant details, methods of development, and their effectiveness in a variety of types of written material.

The student writes text, notes, outlines, comments, and observations that demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of content, processes, and experiences from a variety of media.

Demonstrates ability to gather information from various sources to plan a project.


-Internet Access
-Reference Materials: Brochures, Job Applications/Career Information, Recruitment Officers/Personnel, Law Enforcement Training Manuals
-Textbook: Criminal Justice Today, 6Ed., Schmalleger, Prentice-Hall, 2001 (


1. Arrange computer and Internet access for the class and test equipment.
2. Provide Powerpoint on computers.
3. Provide Powerpoint instruction and demonstration prior to the lesson.


1. Students will name different careers and/or jobs within the criminal justice system in a class discussion. Instructor can present a sample Powerpoint (see attached) as an introduction and so the students know what is expected of them in this lesson.

2. Students will select a career of their choice. (i.e.: FBI, SWAT, DEA)

3. Students use a computer to research that topic on the Internet and other resources. (pamphlets, resource personnel, local colleges, etc.) NOTE: Students must use more than the Internet to research.

4. Students research the following information:

a. Job Title
b. Job Description
c. Nature of work
d. Prerequisites for entry
e. Educational requirements
f. Training
g. Salary and Benefits

5. Students will collect and integrate information, pictures, text, and sound into a Powerpoint presentation. Caution students about using pictures that aren't copyright free. You may want to have students use scanned pictures as along as they have permission. Students must print or save research notes and other material collected for verification and feedback from the instructor prior to the assembly of the Powerpoint. A three to five minute individual conference should occur with specific feedback.

6. Students needing guidence with Powerpoint can get more information at

6. Students will present their career presentations to the class. Strongly suggest that students peer edit prior to presenting in class. Students may keep their presentations on their disks or in a desktop folder for easy access.


Assessment Rubric for Project:

* Excellent: Notes/organizer/drafts on disk. Included accurate examples of criminal justice careers. Used four or more sources. Presents researched material in a clear, effective and informative manner.

* Good: Notes/organizer/drafts on disk. Included some accurate examples of criminal justice careers. Used at least three sources. Presents research material in a mostly clear, effective and informative manner.

* See Me: Notes/organizer/drafts are not on disk OR Included inaccurate examples of criminal justice careers. OR only used one source OR Research material does not support career topic or is not presented effectively.

Note: Students must share information on the disk with the teacher for review and feedback prior to the creation of a Powerpoint as part of the assessment. It is strongly suggested that students peer assess prior to having to present in class.


Contact a local law enforcement agency or other criminal justice agency for a field trip and/or visit before the lesson is given.

Web Links

Web supplement for Careers in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Web supplement for Careers in Criminal Justice
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Attached Files

A sample PowerPoint to use with students.     File Size: 4213248 bytes (4.114 mb)      File Extension: ppt

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