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CRJ 110: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is a survey and analysis of the criminal justice system, including a historical and philosophical overview of its development, with special emphasis on the system's components and the relationship among those components in the administration of criminal justice in America. [IAI: CRJ 901]

CRJ 111: SELECTED TOPICS

1 hr. (TC)

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The content of this course varies from offering to offering to meet the changing needs of students and to allow exploration of topics more fully than can be addressed in survey courses. Each offering will present a unique investigation of a topic in criminal justice. This course is repeatable if the topic and content are different up to a maximum of three semester hours of credit. The duration of the course will depend upon the topic to be covered.

CRJ 112: POLICE OPERATIONS

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic services that are provided by police departments stressing the role and responsibility of the police in the prevention and control of adult crime.

CRJ 113: INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues, concepts, and responses related to homeland security. Students will examine threats to homeland security, including threats of international and domestic terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and natural and technological disasters. Students will review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies and the relation and effect of government response on private entities and individual citizens during a homeland security crisis scenario.

CRJ 114: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course provides a basis to understanding the correctional system for those intending to pursue careers in the field of corrections or law enforcement. The course includes historical development, philosophy and variety of correctional methods. Included are institutional and post institutional techniques, probation and parole. [IAI: CRJ 911]

CRJ 118: JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course covers the history and philosophies of society's reactions to juvenile behavior and problems. Interaction among the police, judiciary, and corrections are examined in the context of cultural influences. Theoretical perspectives of causation and control are examined. [IAI: CRJ 914]

CRJ 119: CORRECTIONAL LAW

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course covers legal issues in institutional and community-based correctional settings with emphasis on the development of strategies to limit legal liabilities of agencies and personnel.

CRJ 121: PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 with a grade of "C" or better

This course provides a traditional and multimedia exploration of the field of criminal justice ethics and professional standards. This course broadly encompasses the history of justice, theories of morality, and police ethics from antiquity to the present. Five areas of ethical decision making opportunities are studied in this course: law enforcement ethics and professional standards, legal profession ethics, correctional ethics and policy making ethics , forensic issues that relate specifically to the criminal justice system. The course will also cover topical studies and take advantage of current news stories as an opportunity to explore moral mistakes and triumphs in modern life in criminal justice. This will enable students to explore their own ethical and moral systems and how they make ethical/moral decisions.

CRJ 122: UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course covers terrorist activities aimed at achieving radical changes around the world with violence. Topics include the identification of terrorist groups who are willing to kill innocent people by the use of explosives, weapons, and other violent means; and the action by governments to counter terrorism. Upon completion, the student will have a good understanding of terrorism around the world.

CRJ 124: SECURITY FIREARMS CERTIFICATION

1 hr. (BEC)

Prerequisite: Possession of a valid Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card and a valid Permanent Employee Registration Card.

This course provides the student with training in the safe handling of firearms including: storage, cleaning and firing. Illinois law on possession, use and storage of weapons, as well as the law of self-defense are covered in the course. The course includes classroom instruction and instruction on the firing range. A weapon and ammunition will be provided.

CRJ 130: INTRODUCTION TO INVESTIGATION

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is designed to examine the techniques and problems involved in investigation of criminal cases. It includes theory and techniques of investigation, the questioning of witnesses and suspects, procedural problems involved in investigation, the collection and presentation of evidence, and preparation of cases.

CRJ 165: COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is an introduction to the types of services, administrative organizations, investigations and supervision of parole and probation within the legal structures of society. Also included are terms and conditions, modifications and revisions of probation. The role and responsibilities of probation and parole officers will be discussed.

CRJ 180: D.A.R.E. OFFICER TRAINING

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course presents law enforcement officers who have been selected by their agencies to conduct this training with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) curriculum and with the methods to instruct elementary and middle school students. Enrollment in the course is limited to law enforcement officers who have been approved by D.A.R.E. America to receive this training.

CRJ 190: 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATOR I

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course covers the fundamentals of calling-taking and dispatching emergency calls, specifically for the police, fire and emergency medical service (EMS) departments.

CRJ 191: 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATOR II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 190 with a grade of "C" or better

This course covers the fundamentals of call- taking and dispatching emergency calls, specifically for the police, fire, and emergency medical service (EMS) departments, Part II.

CRJ 201: INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 and CRJ 225 both with a grade of "C" or better

This course is designed to give the trainee field experience in field work by actually participating as a "cadet" while engaged in on-the-job training with experienced criminal justice personnel. The student will also do individual research and study in the student's field of interest as approved and directed by the instructor.

CRJ 212: HUMAN TRAFFICKING: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course examines the national and global issue of human trafficking, specifically, trafficking in women and children. Some of the areas highlighted in the course are human rights, organized crime, law enforcement response, inaction and corruption, national and international responses in international law, sexual and economic exploitation, global victimization, and in instances, government tolerance of human trafficking. Case studies from several countries will be surveyed to provide context and facilitate student comprehension of this exploitation.

CRJ 225: CRIMINAL LAW

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 or PRLGL 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval.

This course is concerned with the components, purposes and functions of criminal law. Included in this course is a study of criminal liability, including the elements of various offenses and the rules of evidence.

CRJ 226: CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 or PRLGL 110 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval.

This course covers current Illinois criminal law and procedure including the law of arrest, search and seizure, and interview and interrogation. Civil liability of law enforcement personnel is discussed.

CRJ 227: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 or PRLGL 110 with a grade "C" or better or department approval.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the legal principles applicable to important criminal procedures that involve force, arrest, search and seizure, civil rights, self-incrimination, assistance of counsel and other aspects of Constitutional Law affecting law enforcement officers.

CRJ 230: COURT PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: CRJ 110 or PRLGL 110 with a grade "C" or better or department approval.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the kinds of evidence and the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court, including the effect of court decisions on the acquisition and admissibility of evidence, criminal procedural steps from court to conviction, and acquittal or dismissal.

CRJ 250: POLICE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course is designed to acquaint the student with basic management and leadership skills as they pertain to professional police management.

CRJ 252: CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATION

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course covers both the theory and practice of managing a correctional facility. The course covers the role of correctional administrators and the challenges that they face in establishing policies and procedures for their institutions.

CRJ 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the student the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student.

CRJ 282: SECURITY MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (TC)

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This course presents students with the principles of management applied to a security setting. Topics included in the course are planning, budgeting, personnel management, training, and organizing.

CRJ 283: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course focuses on the elements of the emergency management process applied to disasters. Topics included in this course are incident command, risks, hazards, impact studies, and simulations.