Massachusetts’ Elms College Launches New Criminal Justice Program

Photo of criminal DNA from forensics lab.

People looking to pursue a career in criminal justice may be interested in a new program being launched at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

The college has announced it will begin offering a new bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice that will focus on forensics and technology beginning in September, the Springfield Republican reports.

Alice Perry, a 20-year prosecutor for the Massachusetts superior court system, will serve as program director for the new degree program, which will also emphasize rehabilitation. Perry said the new major will help prepare students for a variety of careers in criminal justice, including law enforcement, victim counselor or probation officer.

At a recent reception held to announce the new degree at Elms, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan praised the program saying that its focus on science and technology will help students stay up on trends in the field.

They have to understand the cutting edge, he told the news agency. “Without a modern program, they are not going to keep up with the bad guys.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are expected to increase by 18% through 2020. 

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