Criminal Justice

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The Criminal Justice program at Guthrie is the ideal place for students interested in career areas related to law enforcement and the legal system. They will be able to explore a variety of avenues to find the college degree or plan career that will help them attain their goals. Sophomores and above can choose from courses in Law Enforcement, Courts Systems, Forensic Science and Security Services to prepare them for successful internships and college-level course work, a requirement for any level of Law Enforcement.

Criminal Justice students become well-versed in the laws of the United States and Texas and how careers such as police officer, attorney, probation officer, forensic scientist and crime scene investigator apply these laws in their daily work routine.

Students with a calling to serve others, ability to keep a cool head under pressure, desire to study law, protect our rights and freedoms or focus in forensic areas of science will find interest and success in the Guthrie Criminal Justice classes. Forensic Science is a state approved advanced science class.


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2021-22 Criminal Justice Classes

Law Enforcement 1 and  Court Systems & Practices 

What is the “Thin Blue Line”? Explore the history, organization, and function of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Explore Constitutional law, the U.S. legal system, criminal law, law enforcement terminology and methods, and the classification and elements of crimes. Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems with emphasis on Constitutional law for criminal procedures, as well as civil law. Preparation and delivery of both prosecution and defense legal strategies are explored in a classroom and courtroom environment. These courses must be taken concurrently.

Grades: 10-12

Law Enforcement 2 and Criminal Investigation or Correctional Services

Law Enforcement 2 has you digging deeper into the daily aspects of policing. What does it really mean to protect and serve? Learn the day-to-day challenges faced in protecting and serving people. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony.

Criminal Investigation introduces you to the career and understand the basic functions, procedures and following up during investigations, terminology and investigative procedures in crime scene processing, evidence collection, fingerprinting, and courtroom presentation. Case studies and simulated crime scenes for collecting and analyzing evidence. These courses must be taken concurrently.

In Correctional Services, students will learn the role and responsibilities of a county or municipal correctional officer; discuss relevant rules, regulations, and laws of municipal, county, state, or federal facilities; and discuss defensive tactics, restraint techniques, and first aid procedures as used in the municipal, county, state, or federal correctional setting. Students will analyze rehabilitation and alternatives to institutionalization for inmates.

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Law Enforcement 1.
Grades: 11-12

Forensic Science - 
A CTE course for Science credit

Connect science to law and find out what it takes to solve crimes. If you like watching CSI and other true crime shows, then this course is for you. Find out what science can and cannot do in crime fighting.

Core Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry
Recommended Prerequisite: Law Enforcement 1.
Grades: 11-12