Criminal Justice / Law Careers

In partnership with the Dearborn Police Department, Henry Ford College and the University of Michigan Dearborn, the Michael Berry Career Center is offering a Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement program for students interested in public safety careers including police, fire, EMS, corrections, legal and emergency/disaster relief.  Course will be aligned to the college curricula and the Dearborn Police Department’s Police Explorers/Internship program. This two year program consists of four semester long courses, each two-hours long

  • Criminal Justice: Public Safety & Law Careers
  • Criminal Justice: Tools & Techniques
  • Adv Criminal Justice: Laws & Ethics (includes Forensic Science)
  • Adv Criminal Justice: Investigations & Reports (includes Forensic Science)

Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: PUBLIC SAFETY & LAW Academy of Human Services

This one-semester, two-hour block course is designed to introduce students to the various careers in Criminal Justice and the law. This course focuses on the organization and structure of the Criminal Justice system with emphasis on the role of each organization and the education, skills and licenses required for various jobs/careers in each field. The course includes visits from professionals working in each of these systems, as well as field trips to HFC, UMD, DPD, District Court and other local Criminal Justice agencies. Students should exit the course with a well-developed Educational Development Plan (EDP) detailing the courses/programs/certifications they need to complete before graduation and a plan for post-secondary training. Students are encouraged to join and compete in SkillsUSA.


CRIMINAL JUSTICE: TOOLS & TECHNIQUES Academy of Human Services

This one-semester, two-hour block course provides students with an introduction to the law and personal ethics, as well as hands-on training in the tools, techniques and technologies used in the Criminal Justice system. Both traditional (writing, test, etc.) and performance based (demonstration of skills) assessment will be used to evaluate students. Students are encouraged to join and compete in SkillsUSA. (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice I: Public Safety & Law Careers)


ADV CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAWS & ETHICS Academy of Human Services

In this one-semester, two-hour block course students will explore the law and its impact on the public in relation to their chosen career field. Significant emphasis is placed on public relations and effective communications. Students will also continue to develop industry-specific knowledge, skills and career awareness. Students are encouraged to join and compete in SkillsUSA. (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice I: Public Safety & Law Careers and Criminal Justice I: Tools & Techniques)


ADV CRIMINAL JUSTICE: INVESTIGATIONS & REPORTING Academy of Human Services

This one-semester, two-hour block course focuses on the individual and team skills needed to conduct forensic investigations, record results and prepare/present a final report. Leadership and teamwork skills are emphasized. Students are encouraged to join and compete in SkillsUSA. (Prerequisite: Criminal Justice I: Public Safety & Law Careers, Criminal Justice I: Tools & Techniques, Criminal Justice II: Laws & Ethics)


FORENSIC SCIENCE 1, 2 (MBCC/DCMST) Academy of Human Services

Recommended elective for students in Criminal Justice. This is a lab-based class offered to students who have successfully completed two years of science. Students must understand and practice proper laboratory techniques. First semester course work will include an overview of forensic science, crime scene investigation, fingerprint analysis, document analysis, blood analysis, hair and fiber analysis, and ballistics. Students will also be required to do research and prepare a powerpoint presentation on a career in forensic science. Second semester course work will include an overview of the crime lab, glass analysis, impressions and prints, DNA, toxicology, anthropology, entomology, soil analysis, explosives and arson, and death and decomposition. Students will also be required to do research and prepare a powerpoint presentation on a high profile criminal case that was solved using forensic science techniques learned in class.