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    Ok, so I'm a high school senior and I take jumpstart thru a local community college. I'm taking Intro to Homeland Security this semester. I currently have an A in the class and probably the highest grade in the class.

    I'm looking into taking a class next semester as well. None of these credits I earn will do anything for me because I'm going to a Military / Maritime College next year but I wanted to take these classes to get a feel for these types of jobs down the road.



    I have a choice of either doing "Intro to Criminal Justice" or doing "Police Operations"

    I've already done the homeland security side of things so now I want to get a feel for the police side of things. Which class would be my best bet for the police side. I know in CJ you learn alot about police activities but in police operation you learn alot about police protocal and so forth so which would be my best bet. Advice?

    "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"



  • #2
    Originally posted by Gotts56 View Post
    Ok, so I'm a high school senior and I take jumpstart thru a local community college. I'm taking Intro to Homeland Security this semester. I currently have an A in the class and probably the highest grade in the class.

    I'm looking into taking a class next semester as well. None of these credits I earn will do anything for me because I'm going to a Military / Maritime College next year but I wanted to take these classes to get a feel for these types of jobs down the road.



    I have a choice of either doing "Intro to Criminal Justice" or doing "Police Operations"

    I've already done the homeland security side of things so now I want to get a feel for the police side of things. Which class would be my best bet for the police side. I know in CJ you learn alot about police activities but in police operation you learn alot about police protocal and so forth so which would be my best bet. Advice?
    Any class would be your "best bet". I wouldn't worry about taking LE specific classes right now. You'll get enough of that in the academy. Learn communication skills, management ethics, and accounting principles. Those will serve you well later on in your career, and will make you more marketable in case the LE gig doesn't work out for you.

    I know plenty of former officers making $12 an hour working crappy security jobs. Don't let that be you!

    -SC
    Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
    - G. M. Trevelyan

    B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
    MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
    Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
    Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
    Various Graduate Credits - UoP
    MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
    DPA Valdosta State 30%

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    • #3
      Oh I know that. I'm attending a Maritime College next year, Probably playing DIII football and Majoring in International Transportation and Trade Minor Maritime Security. Maybe getting a tonage license too for all oceans.

      I wanted to take these classes before I went away to college so I could see how both routes were and get a feel for both.

      Thanks for the input though.

      "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"


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      • #4
        Anyone else... I know a couple of officers have to teach at a local college on this site... my professor was a cop for 20 years and retired 2 months before the class. Please speak up and speak your mind.

        "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"


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        • #5
          If a cop teaches the police operations course then I would take that, you should get to hear lots of war stories. The intro course will useful if you have no clue what the criminal justice systems entails.

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          • #6
            English composition. Better for any future classes you take.

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            • #7
              Technical writing, science courses (biological and chemistry), English composition, history. Public speaking and debate.
              Ut humiliter opinor

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              • #8
                Since you're going to get a college degree soon then you'll be taking the "needed" classes then. For now you're just trying to satisfy an interest and take something interesting.

                I'm not sure what police operations would entail. I've got a good idea what would be covered in the intro to CJ course and that would probably give you the best overall perspective of what the criminal justice system is all about - police, courts, and corrections. Look at the instructors' CV's to see what their education and experience consists of. If it's a guy who's never been "police" teaching police ops then I'd avoid it. Obviously, (if you haven't) you should read the course descriptions and go with whatever seems most interesting to you.

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                • #9
                  u dont nead coluge. dere is none usage for beein a poleece oficur...luk at mea. i's got smarz.. No, continue your education. Don't be like me and go to college while being a police officer. Sometimes my head turns and doesn't stop spinning trying to juggle working 40+ hours a week and squeezing school in too... A very good Sergeant who just got his Bachelor's told me something that I'll never forget. The degree will never hurt you and will only open more doors, and once you get it, nothing or nobody can take it away!!! Good luck in your endeavors!
                  Last edited by iamacop; 10-30-2009, 12:46 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iamacop View Post
                    u dont nead coluge. dere is none usage for beein a poleece oficur...luk at mea. i's got smarz.. No, continue your education. Don't be like me and go to college while being a police officer. Sometimes my head turns and doesn't stop spinning trying to juggle working 40+ hours a week and squeezing school in too... A very good Sergeant who just got his Bachelor's told me something that I'll never forget. The degree will never hurt you and will only open more doors, and once you get it, nothing or nobody can take it away!!! Good luck in your endeavors!
                    I see that we were both inbreed with hillbilly talk.

                    -SC
                    Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
                    - G. M. Trevelyan

                    B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
                    MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
                    Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
                    Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
                    Various Graduate Credits - UoP
                    MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
                    DPA Valdosta State 30%

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SleepyCop View Post
                      I see that we were both inbreed with hillbilly talk.

                      -SC
                      Ever made love with a man??????????........................... Wanna try?

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the input guys. I will take to heart what each of you say.

                        My instructor for Homeland Security was a Howard County Police Detective. He retired about 2 months ago from it and has participated in Sneak N Peak Warrents with the FBI about 3 times in his career. He offered a lot of insight about that part of things.

                        He is also the one who would be teaching Both Intro to CJ and Police Operations. He is a young guy too, he is about 42. A young and hip kind of guy who is up on all of today's topic's. There are also some other professors who teach it and are all former officers aswell.

                        I know a lot about CJ and I've caught a couple of things he teaches that class because I came early to a lot of classes. They teach you things like Police Stress and Community Policing and that sort of thing. General things.

                        I think I will try and take Police Operations.

                        "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"


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                        • #13
                          How about knocking out some of the basics like English, math, and science and then worry about specifics of criminal justice when you make up your mind on what you really want to do. This way you're not wasting your time.
                          "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

                          Thomas Jefferson

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by iamacop View Post
                            Ever made love with a man??????????........................... Wanna try?
                            Is it bad that I just thought of the movie, Deliverance?

                            -SC
                            Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
                            - G. M. Trevelyan

                            B.S. Business Administration - Texas A&M 1990
                            MPA - University of Texas Dallas 2004
                            Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice - American Military University 2006
                            Graduate Certificate in Accounting - University of Dallas 2008
                            Various Graduate Credits - UoP
                            MA Christian Ministry Chaplaincy Dallas Baptist University 20%
                            DPA Valdosta State 30%

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Blueribbon View Post
                              How about knocking out some of the basics like English, math, and science and then worry about specifics of criminal justice when you make up your mind on what you really want to do. This way you're not wasting your time.
                              I'm going to a Maritime College... not a regular one...

                              basic classes are minimal and they dont offer CJ there.

                              "Der Schmerz ist vorübergehend, Stolz ist für immer"


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