Law Enforcement /Justice Administration and Forensics

Law Enforcement and Forensics classroom

Law Enforcement Justice Administration and Forensics BadgeA vast array of career tracks in law enforcement, justice administration and forensics provides you with hundreds of exciting job opportunities.

While these jobs may differ greatly in their specific areas of expertise, all of these jobs provide essential services for local communities and national security.

At Harper, you will learn from respected and experienced leaders in the fields of law enforcement and criminology/forensics. You can choose from certificate, degree and transfer options that will award credentials that prepare you for a successful career.

This program is designed for people who are primarily interested in working for a municipal police agency in the northern and western suburbs of Chicago. Most agencies require 60+ credit hours or an associate degree as a qualification for employment.

This program is designed for people who are primarily interested in working for a municipal police agency in the northern and western suburbs of Chicago. Most agencies require 60+ credit hours or an associate degree. This program allows for pre-employment certification as a police officer for eligible students who attend the program's capstone course, LEJ 298, the 440 hour basic police academy.

This certificate program will provide advanced instruction to the person with select degrees or experience in public safety who wants specialized training. The program focuses on the proper techniques of identifying, collecting, and packaging physical evidence associated with crime scenes and understanding the importance of proper evidence handling. A forensic science technician is responsible for processing evidence at crime scenes, and identifying, collecting, and preserving physical evidence to support law enforcement activities. 

This certificate program is designed to serve the needs of individuals who want the core education the Law Enforcement program offers. It also provides students with basic concepts recognized in the Security Industry. It furthers the partnerships between Law Enforcement and Private Security and offers the student an opportunity to incorporate a Certificate in Private Security within the AAS Degree in Law Enforcement thereby producing a stackable degree, something that did not exist in the Law Enforcement programs in the past.

This 6 credit-hour certificate program is intended to meet the needs of men and women in public safety dispatching roles at the local, state and federal levels and to prepare others to enter the public safety dispatcher career field. This certificate program meets the requirements of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) Public Safety Dispatcher minimum standards, Association of Police Communications Officers (APCO) Project 25 Public Safety Dispatcher minimum standards, and the National Fire Protection Association of NFPA 1061 Public Safety Dispatcher job requirements.

Complete your Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, on campus. The University Center at Harper College offers a degree-completion program.

Sample Academic Plans can help you prepare to transfer into a particular major at the baccalaureate level. This information changes frequently. Check with an Academic Advisor or Counselor or with the four-year school for updates. 

Check out transfer options:

  • Argosy University
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Chancellor University
  • Columbia College of Missouri
  • Dominican University
  • Governors State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Judson University
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University
  • National-Louis University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Roosevelt University
  • University of Maryland University College
  • Western Illinois University

Harper Program Information

Our instructors are experts in their fields and bring years of practical experience to the classroom.

Committee Members help develop leading-edge curriculum, guide program advancements and open employment opportunities for Harper College students.

  • Jamie Dunne, Chief, Prospect Heights Police Department
  • Robert Haas, Chief, Inverness Police Department
  • Clint Herdegen, Chief, Libertyville Police Department
  • Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. Counsel Motorola, Retired
  • Wayne Johnson, Coordinator, LEJ, Harper College
  • Herb Keeler Forensic, Investigator, Chicago Police Department
  • Brad Grossman, Faculty, Former Deputy Chief, Palatine Police Department
  • Bruce Morris, Retired Chief, Prospect Heights Police Department
  • Randy Sater, Retired DC, Bloomingdale Police Department
  • John Tourtelot, Judge, Rolling Meadows, Retired
  • Stephen Schmidt, Chief, Elk Grove Police Department
  • Thomas Walton, Retired, DC, Chicago Police Department 

The Ti Training Force Simulator trains police officers and criminal justice students’ decision making skills in applying various levels of force in dynamic law enforcement settings.

The simulator has more than 500 video scenarios that require students to interact apply the appropriate level of force for each situation.  Teaching current and future police officers how to use weapons accurately is important, but knowing when to use force and which tool to use is essential. The Ti Training Force Simulator provides a safe and effective way for students and police officers to learn and apply these critical skills. 

Harper Career Paths

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