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Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice

…An exciting future in criminal justice

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Combine your desire to make a difference with your people skills and problem-solving abilities for a fulfilling career in law enforcement, investigations or corrections. This program prepares you to become a criminal justice professional or transition to a four-year degree. There are few careers like criminal justice that give you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a difference.

Experience and networking

The Administration of Justice Associate of Arts program takes a practical approach with instruction from faculty who have decades of real-world experience. All of the instructors are or have been criminal justice practitioners in law enforcement, the courts, corrections and investigations.  In addition, the faculty regularly brings criminal justice experts into the classroom and schedules tours so you can see career possibilities firsthand. ADMJ 285, a 160-hour internship, is an excellent way to make career connections.

Department Chair Frank Galbrecht has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and nearly 20 years of teaching JCCC students about the field. He serves on the advisory board for Olathe West High School, which houses the 21st Century Public Safety Academy.

Join JCCC Criminal Justice Club, a student-run organization that helps you make direct connections to criminal justice professionals. Past club members have:

  • Toured the Women’s Correctional Facility in Topeka
  • Participated in shooting and driving simulations at the Police Academy
  • Investigated the Johnson County Sheriff Communication Center and Crime Lab
  • Observed polygraphs being administered by the Overland Park and Olathe police departments

Participate in Public Safety Day, a department-wide event that introduces students to different criminal justice agencies. Students can speak with professionals in corrections, sexual assault investigation, law enforcement and legal prosecution.

The department’s advisory board consists of Johnson County professionals in law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the district attorney’s office and victim assistance. Board members provide to the department insight into what they look for in new hires, candidate weaknesses that need to be addressed, and trends and opportunities in the field.

Career options

Law and order isn’t exactly what it looks like on TV; it can be more exciting, challenging and rewarding. And because it’s such an important function in society, communities will always need criminal justice professionals. Depending on your position and location, you could earn in the $50,000 range, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A degree in criminal justice — especially a four-year degree — is increasingly important for securing a job and moving ahead. For instance, to get a highly sought after FBI analyst position, you will need a degree. Candidates also need specialized skills to set them apart from the competition — whether it’s knowing a second language, having another degree in law, accounting or psychology, or experience working in the field.