Criminal Justice Jobs

Sometimes it is easy to find a job, after considering some ads from the paper or from an internet website. However, if you have a degree in criminal justice, you have to consider a large number of factors before you get to search for criminal justice jobs and during the search. Use this guide to find the best employment position that matches your qualifications and that will give you a great career start.

The first aspect to consider is what kind of job you can secure given your level of education. For some positions, the requirements include only an associate’s degree. For other positions, you will need a bachelor’s degree or higher. It is easy to research this in advance.

The more important factor to consider, when beginning to search for criminal justice jobs, is your career plan. It is extremely important for professionals in all spheres of knowledge to have career goals and career plans that allow them to reach the set goals. By having set such a plan, you will be able to get to higher positions that offer better remuneration and higher personal satisfaction.

Hence, the question to ask yourself is where do you want to be in five or ten years from now? The answer will determine your choice of job. If you want to work for DEA or the FBI, you should look for a position in the police force or in law enforcement that will allow you to gain the necessary experience to become an agent. If you want to do mainly social work, you may want to consider getting a job as a correctional treatment specialist. If you want to pursue a career in the legal system, you may want to look for a paralegal or a legal assistant position.

According to statistics, the number of criminal justice jobs is growing. This means that it should not be difficult for you to find a position that matches your qualifications and interests. You can readily find ads online as well as in local newspapers, as mentioned in the beginning of this article.

However, it is also a good idea to do some networking. Keep in touch with people from your degree program. Try to network with people who already work in the place where you want to work or for the institution you want to work for. In this way, you will be able to spot vacancies and to apply before everyone else does. This is a superb advantage.

Furthermore, it is always beneficial to have someone say a few good words about you to the recruiter.

When applying for criminal justice jobs, your application has to look professional. It should show your qualifications and skills as well as your motivation to work in the sector you have chosen. This is essential for securing the position you want.

Now you know how to research and find criminal justice jobs. Remember that it is important for you to like what you do. This will determine your success in interviews as well as in your career in general.

Lawyers and Law Firms Unwittingly Suffer Huge Losses From Bad Lawyer Websites

Lawyer websites are likely costing their Attorneys and Law Firms millions of dollars in losses a year due to poorly designed websites and low-grade optimization. In most cases, the Lawyers do not know it.

Many Law Firms use website-templates because they are affordable, and can be built-out or completed rather quickly. They actually are an excellent way to market their services, providing they work properly. However, as with everything else in the business world, not all template Content Management Systems (CMS) are equal. A beautiful website should not be synonymous with a well-performing website.

Some template companies have inherent behind-the-scenes design issues that do not enhance the performance of websites on search engines. And although the better template companies may have the capability for great performance, the opportunity for first-page results is often blown by bad website optimization or search engine optimization (SEO); unrelated to the template company.

There are many unnecessary optimization roadblocks to Internet success, but in this article we will focus on one major and preventable problem; basic site architecture or page navigation.

It is known throughout the SEO community that search engines give more value to your higher-level pages. We will say that your home-page is the level-one page (with the most value) and your other pages typically would be a level-two (of lesser value). If your law office had several specialties including for example ‘wrongful death’, ideally for optimization purposes, your Domain-URL should look somewhat like this;

Good www.examplelawoffice.com/wrongfuldeath.html

The common mistake is this following example;

Not So Good www.examplelawoffice.com/services/wrongfuldeath.html

…Or something similar. Do you see the two forward slashes after the.com in the last example? What you have here is a third-level page for wrongful death. Each slash designates a sub-page or lower-level page within the site. This latent problem (most people do not see it because they do not know to look for it; even though it is in plain-sight) along with many other potential issues, and other variables, can cause your website to have lackluster results.

Just for clarification, these forward slashes do not include the two slashes that immediately follow http: if the http: is included or shown in the URL, such as;

http://www.examplelawoffice.com/services/wrongfuldeath.html

or without the www included, such as;

http://examplelawoffice.com/services/wrongfuldeath.html

Where do most Internet shoppers look to solve their needs? Usually it is the first page! Where do you want your website to be? The first page! So right now, go to your website and select one of your main pages (not your home-page), and then look at the address-bar near the top of your screen. How many slashes do you see in your URL? If you see more than one, it is probably a good time to contact your SEO Consultant and determine what corrective actions need to take place. Fixing these problem areas may take a lot of work, but anything can be fixed if you want top results. Do not feel alone, this problem is not limited to the legal industry.

If I were a Personal Injury Attorney, I would not want to lose out on the opportunity to represent a wrongful death client, they usually payout handsomely (way more than the cost of doing your website correctly). Would you like to add another million or two to your annual income? Tip the Internet Scales of Justice toward you; improve your website!

The Role of the Forensic Nurse in the Criminal Justice Field

Forensic nursing is where nursing care meets criminal justice. It is specialty nursing. The nurses that embark in this specialty usually enjoy helping victims of crime. It can also involve investigating offenders of the said crime.

In other words, the forensic nurse has many roles or duties in the field of criminal justice. In this article, I look into the different roles a forensic nurse can perform when it comes to finding justice.

In no order of importance, they are:

1. One of the roles a forensic nurse can perform is the investigation of sexual assault. It is not enough to just make accusation of sexual assault. There must be evidence to back up the accusation. Otherwise, it may not hold up in court. Forensic nurses with their specialization will investigate to make sure there is evidence backing up the accusation. The evidence she or he gathers can then be used in the court of law to convict the offender.

2. Forensic nurses can perform the role of treating offenders that have mental disorder. Their job will be to assess and apply appropriate treatment to these offenders. The intent here will be to rehabilitate these kinds of offenders and try to alter the behavior that led to the offense.

3. Forensic nurses also play a role in the correctional system. The corrections have their share of violent offenders. Just as with the mental disorder offenders, these offenders also need rehabilitation. I don’t have to tell you the treatment to alter the behavior that led to their offense is for the overall benefit of society. If it can save one victim from these offenders, it is well worth it.

4. The forensic nurse can play the role of family counselor to the victim of crime and his or her family. Crime can be devastating to families. It takes the services of trained specialist, like a forensic nurse, to help them pull through it.

5. The forensic nurse can also play the role of family counselor to the offender and his or her family. Imagine being the family of someone that committed a despicable crime. Those that don’t have their bearing with them can lose it. A forensic nurse can help such family cope in this time of difficulty.

6. Forensic nurses can play the role of investigator when it comes to elder abuse. This is a growing area of concern in society. Families or elder care practitioners often face difficult situations. These difficult situations can lead to abuse for those that can’t handle it.

If elder abuse is suspected, a forensic nurse can be brought in to investigate. The investigation will involve examining the victim and documenting evidence. The evidence can then be used to prove abuse.

As you have seen, the roles of forensic nurses in the criminal justice field are many. I could list more, but I think you get the picture. If you are interested in the forensic nursing profession, I encourage you to do more reading online. You can do so by visiting websites that cover forensic nursing in detail.

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Online Criminal Justice Degree – Provide Security, Safety and Law Enforcement

A career in criminal justice and law enforcement can be yours when you attend and graduate from an online or distance learning criminal justice college education program. You can become a police officer, work for the FBI, and work in homeland security or for the secret service. You can own a private security company, do private investigation, or be a security guard. The field of law enforcement is varied.

Associates, bachelors and masters degree programs are available at many online college programs. An online college website can provide you with information you need to start your career, such as curriculum, costs, financial aid options, and schools.

The curriculum may include classes in principles, planning and procedures, safety, tactical communication, international and domestic terrorism, security measures, emergency planning, intelligence gathering and analysis, and vulnerability assessment. Theory of crime, dispute resolution, role of drugs and crime, child abuse and neglect, are also included in some online criminal justice programs. Basic emergency medical skills may also be part of the law enforcement and criminal justice online curriculum.

The average salary for a police officer in 2003 was $45,000. For the DEA, Secret Service, US Marshall salaries vary from 25 to 50 thousand dollars. The average salary in the FBI is $39,000 to $48,000. With advancement the annual salary can increase to $106,000. Security guards generally make $21 to 28,000.

Statistics indicate that higher wages go hand-in-hand with advanced education levels. So whether you just want to start a career in criminal justice or law enforcement , or already working as a criminal justice professional, starting an academic career or advancing an academic career means more financial security, more job opportunity and more job satisfaction.

An online degree in criminal justice can be earned on your own time. As long as you have access to a computer you can complete assignments anytime. You will have access to your instructor, your classmates, library resources, and technical services via blogs, e-mail, and other online systems.

Megan’s Law – It’s Only Half The Battle

Spend some time in any PTA meeting, Mommy & Me group, or even a playdate with friends and it isn’t long before the conversation turns into a worried discussion about Megan’s Law and the sex offender information that parents can now readily access with just a few clicks of their computer mouse.

Parents everywhere are feverishly checking these websites, sometimes weekly or even daily, to see if a registered sex offender resides nearby. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws in this perceived “safety net” that well-intentioned parents should know.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE proponent of Megan’s Law and the information it provides. I strongly believe that once a sex offender has been released back into the community, the public has the absolute right to know their whereabouts.

But… focusing solely on this component of child safety can do a serious disservice to our kids, IF we stop there.

A Basic Overview of Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law is a federal law, signed on May 17, 1996 by President Bill Clinton. It is named for 7 year old Megan Nicole Kanka of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, who tragically, was sexually abused and killed in 1994 by a twice-convicted pedophile who lived across the street from her home. Unaware of his presence and criminal history, Megan’s parents, Maureen and Richard Kanka, were devastated and outraged. They established the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation and lobbied government officials to create a law which would require all 50 states to release information regarding the presence of convicted sex offenders in our communities. In it’s most basic terms, the law mandates that the public has the right to know the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders once they have been released, and that all 50 states must make this information available to the public.

Many states have created a dedicated Megan’s Law website, to which the public can log onto through their own personal computer and research the data pertinent to their town or local community.

There are several ways you can check the Megan’s Law sex offender register in your state. In my home state of California, the website is meganslaw.ca.gov. To access the information in your state, you can visit familywatchdog.us. This website provides a free national sex offender registry link and also contains excellent safety information. You may also check your state’s Attorney General’s website, your State Police website, or visit megannicolekankafoundation.org.

Only Part of the Solution…

While Megan’s Law is an excellent awareness tool and provides vital information to the public, parents must remember that it can only do so much.

To begin with, a sex offender register is not a perfect system. In some instances, registered offenders may or may not actually be living where they are listed. Depending on which state you live in, you may even have some registered offenders whose whereabouts are not made public due to an exclusionary clause in the law. For example, some offenders fall into the “undisclosed category” – which means they areregistered with the state, but their information is not accessible on the website. According to the California Dept. of Justice, approximately 25% of registered offenders are excluded from public disclosure by law, depending on the type of crime that person has been convicted of.

More importantly, parents must remember that there are plenty of sex offenders out there who simply haven’t been caught, and therefore, are not listed on any register. As a result, we need to protect our kids from those who may be “flying under the radar” as it were.

What’s A Parent To Do?

Be a PRO-ACTIVE parent rather than a REACTIVE one. A PRO-ACTIVE parent can beat a sex offender at their own game. By now, many parents are somewhat familiar with the real statistic that 90% of child sexual abuse happens by someone the child knows, not by a stranger. Since that’s the real issue, it’s time we started looking at prevention education in a way actually protects our children.

Kids need to be taught how to recognize and defend their personal boundaries with adults they interact with. They need to understand what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior from a grown up (or even an older child), and what to do if they get a red flag or “uh-oh” feeling from someone’s improper actions.

In plain English, kids need to know what to do if “Coach Smith” tries to touch a private part of their body, or if a babysitter or relative wants to play a physical “touching game” that just feels weird or “yucky”. These are much more common scenarios than the stranger who may or may not be living down the street.

Megan’s Law is a good start in protecting our kids. Yet, it’s still only half the battle. With smart prevention education in conjunction with Megan’s Law, we can offer each other a real solution to keeping our children safe.

10 Prevention Tips for Parents

1. Don’t equate stranger with danger. Teach your child how to recognize a potentially dangerous action or situation instead. (“Thumbs up or thumbs down!”)

2. Be involved in your child’s activities. As a “visible parent”, you’ll have a better opportunity to observe how other adults interact with your child.

3. Screen caregivers and babysitters carefully. Always check references – no matter who they come recommended by.

4. Pay attention to clues and cues in other adults’ behavior around your child. A predator’s grooming tricks can be very subtle at first. For example, is there someone who continually tries to arrange “alone time” with your child, often working very hard to create the opportunity by using flattery or suggesting outings that don’t include you?

5. Listen to your child, especially if they consistently don’t want to be around a particular person, such as a babysitter, relative, or family friend. They may be sensing “a red flag” that you are unaware of.

6. Let children decide for themselves how they want to express affection. Do not force them to a hug or kiss another person if they don’t want to.

7. Spend quality time with your children. Kids who are starved for affection or attention can be vulnerable targets for a child molester or predator.

8. Be alert to anyone who insists on being physical with your child (hugging, kissing, tickling, wrestling, touching) especially when the child seems uneasy or has asked them to stop.

9. Let children know they have the right to say NO to any unwanted touches or physical attention. It’s okay to say NO even to a grownup or a bigger kid, and then immediately tell a grownup they trust (like mom or dad) as soon as they can.

10. Review and practice basic safety skills with your children often. Children need to hear the information more than just once to really understand.