Criminal Justice Jobs

There are several types of criminal justice jobs out there. The first one that jumps into everyone's mind is that of a police officer. And that makes sense. People see cops out there on the street every single day.

But Police Officers are only one cog in the wheel of the Criminal Justice System. There are several other areas within the system that people don't think about and don't even realize. Without these areas, the entire system would grind to a halt.

After all, what would we do after we arrest the bad guy? Just stand there with the suspect cuffed behind his back?





Lets take a look at some of these other criminal justice jobs. There are many of them, and not all will be directly involved in the prosecution or arrest/detention of a suspect.

But I'm going to try and list as many as possible- even if some of these are merely to help shuffle the processing of the suspect from point A ( the arrest) to point B (penitentiary after a conviction).

Well, obviously there's the Police Officer, who investigates and arrests the suspect. I'm not going to go into a job description here as there's a separate section in this website for that.

You can get to it by clicking here if you want.

Let's move on...

Before the officer even gets to a call, Someone has to let him know that there's a crime to go to. The one who does that is the Police dispatcher.

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Whenever someone calls 911, it's the dispatcher that answers the call. They get the info and they in turn relay that info to the officers who get sent to the call.

The officers make the arrest and take the suspect in to the stationhouse where they get booked in.


There are several support staff in a station house that help with the case work preparation. Some are officers and some are civilian clerks.

The suspect gets sent to court, and there are several criminal justice jobs /positions in action there. The suspect will see a judge regarding bail possibilities. The judge hears the facts of the case and it is determined whether the suspect gets bail or not, and if he does, how much he will have to put up.

Overseeing bail is just one function, and there are federal, state, and local judges and to become a judge is no easy task. You must be a practicing attorney for years before you can either be appointed or elected.






Also in court is a prosecutor or district attorney. They present the evidence and facts to the judge/court, explaining the crime that the suspect is alleged to have committed.

On the other side, you have a defense attorney who acts on behalf of the defendant. Its his job to basically get his defendant/suspect/client off on the charges during a trial. The defense attorney puts together rebuttals and strategies to counter the prosecution's case.

Also in court is the bailiff. Their job is to watch or guard the defendant, and basically keep the court secure.

Who else ?!?!..... Oh, there's a stenographer who types and keeps record of the proceedings of the court.

There' s also the Corrections Officer, who maintains order in the prison system where suspects go to after they have been tried in a court of law. Once they are found guilty, they are sent into the penal system to carry out their sentence.

Being a corrections officer is a difficult job. You are in a hostile, negative environment, surrounded by dangerous and hostile people.

In this criminal justice job, when you have a bad day at work, it can REALLY turn out to be a bad day at work.

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