VVTC’s Criminal Justice Program will provide students with hands-on experience in police work, crime scene processing and introduce a systematic study of the theory and technology related to criminology. This program explores the courts and the students experience what it’s like to testify and present court cases to a courtroom work group. This career field is exciting due the fact, you never what will happen in a days time.
Semester one focuses on law and police procedures. Semester two delves into crime scene investigation and processing with and emphasis on evidence handling.
Completion of the program can earn a student six (6) dual enrollment credits toward the Administration of Justice program at Blue Ridge Community College. A degree is required in most areas of law enforcement and public service for careers as: Police officers, State troopers, Game wardens, Magistrates, ABC agents, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Security positions, Attorneys, Social workers, Child Protective Services and other Court officials. So if you are looking for an exciting, rewarding and challenging career come check out Criminal Justice at Valley Tech!
· Law enforcement roles and responsibilities
· How to process an offender evidence
· How to conduct a traffic stop.
· How to make an arrest safely and professionally
· Investigating criminal activity
· Testifying in a courtroom
· How to conduct a crime scene search
· How collect and preserve evidence and properly document a crime scene
· Correct use of chain of custody documents
· Describe the role of the crime laboratory in analyzing crime scene evidence
Criminal Justice I (Sem1)
Criminal Justice II (Sem 2)
GRADE 11, 12
Course Length: 1 year
Industry Credentials Offered
*This program is Dual Enrolled with Blue Ridge Community College.
Upon successful completion of this year program, students will receive 6 college credits (ADJ 115 & ADJ 134)
Options After HS
Security guard, corrections officer, military police
Local Employers: Local law enforcement agencies, correction centers, courts, armed forces
Career Certificate/ Associate Degree (2 yr) program
BRCC—Administration of Justice
Bachelor’s /Post Baccalaureate Degree (4 yr+) majors
Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Forensics, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Homeland Security, Terrorism, Public Administration, Pre– Law, Legal Studies
About the Instructor
Mr. Davis began his law enforcement journey in this very program. I attended from 2005-2007 (it was a 2 year program). I went on to serve as an officer with Staunton PD, a Conservation Police Officer (Game Warden) with DGIF, and I recently left Albemarle PD to teach here with over 12 years of combined experience.
I am a Defensive Tactics instructor and have experience and/or advanced training in SWAT, biking, interview/interrogation, narcotics, CIT, and gangs. In addition to teaching here, I also teach medical classes for a local community college. When I am not working, I spend much of my time camping, fishing, hunting, and mountain biking with my wife and two boys.