Necessary Skills

The standards for Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement are:

  • Math: The level of math for Criminal Justice is at least 1 year of algebra, with strong emphasis on basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as understanding the principals of triangulation, ratios, and speed distance calculations. If rated from 1-10, math would be rated a 5.
  • English: A high level of English is required for Criminal Justice. Sentence structure, chronological formation of events, multiple written forms, and reports are all a part of this field. If rated from 1-10, English would be rated a 7.
  • Communication: Communication skills are paramount in the Criminal Justice field. Written and verbal communication skills are used on a daily basis when dealing with the public and public officials. The ability to understand the laws and to effectively communicate them as well as enforce them relies upon the individual’s ability to communicate. If rated from 1 – 10, communication would be ranked a 6.
  • Reading Comprehension: The ability to interpret laws, reports, statistical information, and multiple forms and regulations is a high priority within the Criminal Justice field. There is no area of the Criminal Justice field that does not require a high level of comprehension skills. These skills are required of all levels of the field and include varying levels from basic Patrol Officer to Chief. If rated from a 1-10, reading comprehension would be rated a 7.
  • Teamwork: Teamwork is an important skill since an officer must rely upon a large number of officers, agencies, and organizations in order to function. The ability to work as a team player will determine the individual’s success or failure in this line of employment. If rated from 1-10, teamwork  would be rated a 6.
  • Leadership: Leadership is just as important as teamwork in Criminal Justice. The ability to take control without direction and to take responsibility for your actions is a normal, everyday part of a police officer’s life. The additional ability to recognize when to lead and when to follow is a skill that is especially important. If rated from 1-10, leadership would be rated a 6.
  • Technology Skills: Now and in the future, the ability to understand and use the latest in technology is absolutely necessary. Satellite communications, mobile data terminals, DNA, LASER technology, Infra-red testing devices, etc., are all items that are currently in use.  Skills and knowlege in all areas of technology will be required in the future.  A students’ ability to learn, adapt, and work within these systems and areas will be crucial to success and advancement in the Criminal Justice field.