Academy of Criminal Justice

America’s In-Demand Criminal Justice Careers

The academy of Criminal Justice & Public Safety offers students interesting and challenging career opportunities. Students learn a multitude of skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

Career Opportunities
Criminal Justice/ Public Safety positions in law enforcement and emergency response include but are not limited to the following positions local, state, county, and federal department;

  • Patrol Officer
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigator
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Forensics Scientist Tech
  • Fire Protection and Prevention
  • Probation
  • Paralegal
  • Court Clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Juvenile Services
  • US Marshall
  • Bailiff
  • Corrections Officer
  • Security
  • Judge
  • Dispatcher
  • Firefighter


Advanced Programs For Optimum Opportunities
Criminal Justice/ Public Safety students are provided with the practice and tools used by industry professional are at various levels. Lectures and informative presentations are divided by industry professionals from area corrections and fire departments, as well as state and federal criminal justice and public safety agencies. Supervised opportunities to see and study professionals at work are afforded to students. The legal issues and public safety concerns in our contemporary society are also an important part of the curriculum.

"College Connection Program" Earning College Credits in High School
Want to earn college credits before graduating high school? At PCTI you have the opportunity to do just that! Criminal Justice students have the opportunity to earn up to 24 college credits prior to graduation!

College Affiliates
Some of PCTI’s higher education affiliates include: William Paterson University, Seton Hall University, Drexel University, UMNDNJ (University of Medicine & Dentistry New Jersey), Berkley College, Passaic County Community College, NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Rochester Institute of Technology, FDU, and Hudson County Community College. PCTI Criminal Justice College Courses Include:

  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency & Youth Drug & Alcohol Use, Misuse & Abuse
  • Criminal Investigator
  • NECI and EMD Dispatch Certification
  • Intro to Terrorism


Academy of Criminal Justice Curriculum

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

9th Grade
Criminal Justice or Level I

English I
Algebra I
Biology or Geophysical Science
World Language I
World History
Physical Education/Health

10th Grade
Criminal Justice Level II
English II
Mass Communications        
World Language II
Physical Education

11th Grade
Criminal Justice Level III

English III
Algebra II
Science Elective
U.S. History I
Physical Education/Health

Summer Internship

12th Grade
Criminal Justice Level IV

English IV
U.S. History II
Physical Education/Health IV
Forensic Science Lab

NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.

Expertise of Faculty: Dedicated, knowledgeable, experienced, and caring best describe the faculty. They provide a solid, supportive atmosphere that challenges students to overcome obstacles and achieve their personal best. All faculty have comprehensive indudtry experience and education



Students have the opportunity to earn the following professional certifications: APCO National Public Safety Telecommunicator I Certification, American Heart Association CPR/ AED/First Aid Certification, and numerous FEMA/ Department of Home Security certifications. Criminal Justice students receive occupational training services as an in-depth introduction to the basic training for the Police or Fire Academy.

School-to-Careers Experience
PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School-to-Careers program, offering 9th, 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid or internship position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Awards and Honors

  • For more than 10 years, PCTI Criminal Justice/ Public Safety students have been accepted to attend the summer NJ State Trooper Youth Week Program
  • Criminal/Public Safety students have completed community service learning projects. This includes:
    “Internet Safety Team to the Rescue,” presented by Criminal Justice students to area 4th graders on the safe use of the Internet
  • Recipient of the 2014 National Golden Achievement Award for the “Reject the Text Campaign,” an active and comprehensive approach that confronts the social epidemic of texting and driving

Organizational Affiliation
Passaic County Sheriff’s Dept.
Passaic County Police Academy
Passaic County Superior Court
Passaic County Probation Dept.
Passaic County Fire Academy
New Jersey State Police
Local Police, Fire and EMS dept.
U.S. Marshall Service
FBI and many more...