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Careers in Criminal Justice / Edition 1

Careers in Criminal Justice / Edition 1

by Coy H. Johnston
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Careers in Criminal Justice, Second Edition prepares you to plan, pursue, and realize your career goals—from conception through the hiring process. Coy H. Johnston’s contemporary approach emphasizes self-reflection and pragmatism in the pursuit of self-fulfillment and professionalism. With coverage of over forty careers in policing, courts, corrections, and victim services, you receive a comprehensive overview of the most popular and growing careers in the field. Self-assessment tools enhance your self-awareness and steer you toward realistic and suitable careers in criminal justice. This easy-to-read guide is organized to prepare and encourage growth throughout your career.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A new chapter titled “Volunteering and Internship” (Chapter 9) guides you through the important process of early involvement in the field to create a more enticing resume.
  • Three new “Guest Speaker” profiles offer you new perspectives and practical advice on a variety of careers and geographical areas.
  • New career assessment tools are included to help you evaluate your compatibility with various careers in the criminal justice field.
  • Expanded information about critical areas such as private prisons, careers in the judiciary, and resume building ensures that you are receiving a balanced introduction to criminal justice careers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483331461
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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 victims of crime; the statewide domestic violence awareness committee, involving over 1,200 domestic violence professionals; and the annual statewide law enforcement domestic violence roundup. Noteworthy awards during the last decade of his career included the Distinguished Service Award of Victims of Crime from Attorney General Terry Goddard and a certificate of recognition from Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano for the law enforcement domestic violence roundup. Johnston served on the governor’s grant approval committee for STOP and Recovery grants from 2007 to 2013. Since retiring from law enforcement in 2007, he has taught psychology and criminal justice classes at University of Phoenix (AXIA), ITT Technical Institute, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Everest College, CARLOTA Police Academy, and Arizona State University. This book is his fourth official publication.

Table of Contents

About the Author
Chapter 1: Know Yourself
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Guest Speaker: Steve Palmer, FBI Special Agent
Chapter 2. Setting Realistic Goals
Set Realistic Goals
Issues in Police Work
Issues in the Judicial System
Issues in Corrections
Guest Speaker: Brian Cole, Director of Corrections
The Realities of Working in Criminal Justice
The Search for Happiness
Chapter 3. Law Enforcement
Local Law Enforcement
Guest Speaker: Jan Strauss, Retired Police Chief
Federal Law Enforcement
Diversity in Law Enforcement
Chapter 4. Forensic Science
Crime Scene Technicians
Forensic Scientist
Medical Examiner
Investigative Technician
Forensic Nurse Examiner
Forensic Psychiatrist
Forensic Interviewer
Forensic Entomologist
Diversity in Forensic Science
Chapter 5. Victim Services
Domestic Violence Coalitions
Police Departments
Guest Speaker: Gina Mc Alister, Victim Services Specialist
Courts and Prosecutors’ Offices
Other Victim Service Programs
Diversity in Victim Services
Chapter 6. Courts
Law School
The Job Search
Law Careers
Careers that Do Not Require a Law Degree
Diversity in Law Careers
Chapter 7. Corrections
State Correctional Officer
County Detention Officer
City Jailer
Guest Speaker: Julie Glover, Sergeant, San Diego Sheriff’s Department
Parole and Probation Officers
Juvenile Rehabilitation Specialist
Home Detention Officer
Probation Aide
Parole Board Hearing Officer
Private Prisons
Diversity in Corrections
Chapter 8. Private Security and Investigations
Security Officer
Private Investigator
Loss Prevention
Armed Security Guard
Diversity Issues in Private Security
Chapter 9. Volunteering and Internships
Law Enforcement
Diversity in Volunteering and Internships
Chapter 10. Getting a Foot in the Door
Guest Speaker: Colton Johnston, Attorney and Law Clerk
Interview Preparation
Physical Fitness
Education and Grades
The Application Form
Written Tests
Psychological Tests
Chapter 11. The Interview
Body Language
Sample Oral Board Questions
Do’s and Don’ts
A Personal Note to Minorities, Women, and LGBTQ Individuals
A Note to Law Students

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