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Criminal Justice Programs

UIndy has a long history of strong criminal justice programs, and its graduates can be found in law enforcement agencies all over the state and well beyond.

“Our motto is ‘Making a living, making a difference,’” says Dr. Kevin Whiteacre, assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology, “and we believe you can do well while doing good. We strive to help our students become capable, ethical professionals.”

Take the Badge & Bachelor’s Program. It’s a unique collaboration between UIndy’s Criminal Justice program and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Criminal justice majors become academy-certified as Indiana law enforcement officers during their last semester at UIndy.

Concentrations are available in corrections and law enforcement. Students who graduate with a corrections concentration are prepared for jobs as corrections professionals, such as probation officers.

UIndy provides an excellent foundation for students interested in going on to graduate school to become researchers in criminal justice, criminology, public policy, and related fields, too.

UIndy is home to the world’s first permanent facility for training criminal investigators in processing and managing forensic video evidence. LEVA (the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association) holds a seat open for a standout UIndy criminal-justice student to attend its week-long training course.

The Community Research
Center helps both undergraduate and graduate students with research projects, too.

UIndy junior Raeann Howes worked on a research team and compiled extensive research on metal theft. The team presented its findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology on an all-expenses-paid trip to Philadelphia. Other projects in the works include a study on mortgage fraud in Indy.

“This program is what you make it,” Dr. Whiteacre says. “For those interested and willing to work, we provide excellent and unique opportunities that are hard to find at other schools.”

Quantico quest
Lt. Joe Bickell, a member of the Carmel (Ind.) Police Department and a UIndy graduate, recently completed training at the fabled FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Only a select segment of U.S. law enforcement officials were interviewed for this prestigious program, which requires weeks to complete.

Participants come from all over the world to take classes taught by current and former FBI agents. Coursework spans criminal law, forensics, and media relations.  Joe graduated from UIndy with a BA in criminal justice and a minor in business.

“I truly love law enforcement,” he says. “It’s a challenging profession where every day is different. One day you might be helping someone change a tire on a car; an hour later you’re on a foot chase after an armed robber. I think it’s the best job in the world.”