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System of law enforcement, the bar, judiciary, corrections, & probation that is directly involved in the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration, & supervision of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses. Credo Reference

Careers in Criminal Justice

Bureau of Labor Statistics'
Occupational Outlook Handbook

BLS provides information on what occupations: what they do, the work environment, what it takes to get into a career, the pay, the job outlook, state and regional data on the occupation, and similar occupations. Click links below for specific occupations under Protective Services.

O*Net Online

O*Net is the nation's source of occupational information. This database contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific information on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve many meaningful purposes:

• Providing professional development
• Providing a professional network

• Listing job opportunities

• Providing professional support and advocacy

• Informing on current trends, issues in the field


 American Corrections Association
Mission: The American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system. 

American Probation
& Parole Association

Purpose: Everything APPA does is aimed at reducing recidivism to keep our communities safe. That means strengthening the role of the community corrections industry.

The American Society
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, 

National Association of
Forensic Counselors

sets out to develop a competent workforce to counsel, treat, evaluate, supervise and manage criminal offenders.


National Criminal Justice Association 
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) represents state, local and tribal governments on crime control and crime prevention issues. Our members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community.

Police Executive Research Forum

Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit organization, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is a police research and policy organization and a provider of management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support law enforcement agencies.

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