Criminal Justice


The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed to give in-service personnel a better working knowledge of our rapidly changing society and to strengthen their skills in the technical functions of criminal justice.


Scope and Purpose:

The link that connects the various programs in Public Services Technology and, consequently, their library acquisitions is the idea of public service. This concept is present in diverse and varied sections of the library collection. Thus, the division purchases materials in legal assisting, police science, elementary education, gerontology, fire protection, American sign language, and social work. Library materials are acquired at a basic study level. Videotapes utilized by the faculty for instruction are also purchased. There is an overlap of interest between Public Services Technology and the departments of Social Work, Sociology, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Psychology, and Elementary Education. Common concerns also exist with Law, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Public Administration and Urban Studies.


Public services technology offers associate degrees in six programs: 1) educational technology; 2) American Sign Language interpreting and transliterating technology; 3) criminal justice technology, with options in security administration; 4) fire protection technology; 5) community services technology, with options in addiction services, gerontology, and social services; and, 6) legal assisting technology. Public services technology also offers a Bachelor degree in Emergency Management.

Geographical Coverage:

The concentration of the collection is on developments within the United States.


Only English language materials are collected.

Period Coverage:

The focus of the collection is on current materials.

Publication Types:

Collections, popularizations and general publications are purchased by this fund. To a lesser extent, handbooks, scholarly, and professional works are also acquired.


Printed formats account for about ninety percent of the collection with videotapes and computer software making-up the remainder.

Remote Sources:

Very little access to remote resources is needed.


Advanced material of a scholarly or research nature is not purchased by public services technology. Such material is the responsibility of the baccalaureate colleges.

Revised 8/2006