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FM Criminal Justice: Your Opportunity For Your Future

Posted: September 10, 2018 — Many today have a flawed impression of our criminal justice system, and how its personnel actually perform. These perceptions are sustained by a constant barrage of popular media dramas. Reality is different than the Hollywood portrayals. The skills required day-to-day are not physical dominance or weapon proficiency. A superior focus is directed to the practical, and includes job knowledge, attention to detail, critical observation, calm and patient demeanor, and strong communication and listening skills.

Criminal Justice Professionals must understand the law and the practical application of the social sciences. Representing the public trust, they must embrace a strong inner sense of right and wrong, and a commitment to comporting themselves with integrity, empathy, common-sense, and courage. Increasingly, officers find their actions under great scrutiny, so respect of these attributes is critical to building collective faith and confidence within the entire community.

At FM, we take great pride in offering a program that prepares students for success in the real world. Our faculty are highly experienced educators, and have long and distinguished careers as criminal justice professionals. We strive to assist you in reaching your full potential.

We are committed to a curriculum that is relevant to employers seeking the best qualified personnel to advance their organizations and the capacity to protect and serve their communities. These employers are actively committed to us as members of our Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB). These key professionals assist us in making important decisions impacting the delivery of our curriculum. The membership consists of local professionals in education, policing, corrections, courts, youth services, and security.

The CJAB is critical to keeping up with the constant state of change which occurs throughout our society, and is reflected in the practices within the justice system. Their diligent engagement has led us to create new courses and strategies to deliver the best possible programming. New courses, including Probation, Parole and Community Corrections, Professional Ethics, Victimology, Forensic Psychology, Comparative CJ Systems, Crime Scene Investigation, Homeland Security and Terrorism are a small reflection of the implementation of their feedback.

These expanded elective choices now allow students to focus their studies on specific career areas that include Sociology of Crime; Youthful Offender; Law Enforcement; Judicial Process; Psychology of Criminal Behavior; Homeland Security; Private Sector Security; Substantive and Procedural Law; Institutions of Criminal Justice; and, American Policing. These choices align with building employer recognized knowledge and skills to develop students who have identified potential entry level criminal justice positions. Possibilities include policing, corrections, courts, border patrol, homeland security and private sector security.

Our programs are challenging, and students enter for a variety of reasons. Some envision a professional calling, while others seek to serve the community, or, are in search of exciting and interesting work. Nevertheless, all seek to make a difference in the lives of others. In any case, criminal justice can offer stable employment, personal satisfaction, excellent benefits, and an almost endless variety of career options.

Thinking about your future? See the possibilities. Think FM. Futures Made. Here.

This article was written by John Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice at FM.

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