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General Resources: Careers in Criminal Justice

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Law Enforcement/Security

Law Enforcement/Security 
The opportunities for a career in law enforcement extend far beyond simply being a police officer. A listing of career options follows, but this is by no means exhaustive.

BATF Agent INS Officer
Border Patrol Agent Insurance Fraud Investigator
Campus Police Officer Laboratory Technician
Crime Prevention Specialist Loss Prevention Officer
Criminal Investigator Military Police Officer
Criminal Profiler Park Ranger
Customs Officer Police Administrator
Deputy Sheriff Police Dispatcher
Deputy U.S. Marshal Police Officer
Drug Enforcement Agent Polygraph Examiner
FBI Special Agent Postal Inspector
Federal Agency Investigator Private Investigator

Fingerprint Technician

Secret Service Agent
Forensic Scientist State Trooper
Highway Patrol Officer  

Related Web Sites

Careers in Law Enforcement
At this Web site you can find information about available law enforcement jobs across the country. The site also provides information about the hiring process.
This site provides extensive job listings at the federal, state, and local level.

Department of Justice Job Search
Search for career opportunities with the U.S. Department of Justice and its offices, boards, and divisions, including the Bureau of Prisons, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Justice Programs, United States Attorney Offices, and United States Marshals Service

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 2,000 lodges and 294,000 members.

International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 19,000 members in over 100 different countries.

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The courts provide an important aspect of the criminal justice system, and offer a wide range of career options, including


Law Clerk

Attorney General Law Librarian
Bailiff Legal Researcher
Clerk of Court Mediator
Court Reporter Paralegal
District Attorney Public Defender
Judge Public Information Officer
Jury Assignment Commissioner Trial Court Administrator
Jury Coordinator Victim Advocate
Juvenile Magistrate  

Related Web Sites

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals seeks to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism by promoting and advocating for the establishment and funding of Drug Courts and providing for collection and dissemination of information, technical assistance, and mutual support to association members.

National District Attorneys Association
The National District Attorneys Association was created to be the voice of America's prosecutors and to support their efforts to protect the rights and safety of the people.

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The people who train others are an important cog in the wheel of the criminal justice system. Some careers include,

Agency Researcher
Community College, College, or University Lecturer or Professor

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Within the corrections system, a legion of workers maintain security and discipline within institutions, and provide myriad services in institutions and community-based programs.

Activity Therapy Administrator Mental Health Clinician

Business Manager

Parole/Probation Officer
Case Manager Presentence Investigator
Chaplain Prison Industries Superintendent
Chemical Dependency Manager Program Officer/Specialist
Child Care Worker Programmer/Analyst
Children’s Services Counselor Psychologist
Classification Officer Recreation Coordinator
Client Service Coordinator Rehabilitation Counselor
Clinical Social Worker Researcher
Community Liaison Officer Residence Supervisor
Correctional Offficer Sex Offender Therapist
Dietary Officer Social Worker
Drug Court Coordinator Statistician
Field Administrator Substance Abuse Counselor
Fugitive Apprehension Officer Teacher
Home Detention Supervisor Vocational Instructor
Human Services Counselor Warden or Superintendent
Job Placement Officer Youth Service Worker/Coordinator
Juvenile Detention Officer Youth Supervisor
Juvenile Probation Officer  

Related Web Sites

American Correctional Association
The American Correctional Association is a multi-disciplinary organization of professionals representing all facets of corrections and criminal justice.

American Probation and Parole Association
The American Probation and Parole Association is an international association composed of individuals actively involved with probation, parole and community-based corrections.
Visit this site for listings of open positions in all areas of government and criminal justice.

International Corrections and Prisons Association
The International Corrections and Prisons Association provides a forum for criminal justice professionals to join in a dialogue and to share ideas and practices aimed at advancing professional corrections.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
The principal purpose of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the nation's drug control program, the goals of which are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences.

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