Friday, November 30, 2012

Protect and Serve With Compassion and Character

Much has been made of the below photo and it's story.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/nyregion/photo-of-officer-giving-boots-to-barefoot-man-warms-hearts-online.html
But to be clear, there is an often ignored reality demonstrated by this unsuspecting photo and it is a point we stress with our students every day.  Police Officers are people of character and some of the most compassionate individuals in our society.

Police Officers witness it all.  They see the good, the bad and everything in between from man and society.  They work long hours under difficult conditions.  They put themselves in harms way to protect and they often do the unthinkable as they serve.  And while this purchase of boots for this gentlemen on it's face appears above and beyond, this type of act is more the norm from people we, as a society, are fortunate to have willing to follow their vocation into this career.  We are proud of those we've helped educate and support in our academic programs and the Police Training Center here at Illinois Central College.  So to our many graduates serving locally, nationwide and across the globe, to NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo and to all of those individuals who protect and serve with compassion and character on a daily basis, THANK YOU!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Great CRJ and Paralegal Elective Course Options in Convenient Hybrid or Completely Online Formats



There are 3 Very Convenient and High Quality CRJ courses available to Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Paralegal majors this spring.  Read the descriptions below and ENROLL in one or more of these courses TODAY by seeing your Advisor or stopping by any ICC Campus Student Service Center.  Seats are Limited!

CRJ 225: CRIMINAL LAW – Hybrid (Class Number 2513)
This course serves as an Introduction to Criminal Law and is a great course for students seeking a career in Criminal Justice or as a Paralegal or even eventually as a Lawyer.  The course is concerned with the components, purposes and functions of criminal law. Included in this course is a study of criminal liability, including the elements of various offenses and the rules of evidence.  As a hybrid this course offers the best of both worlds, you meet one class period per week with the instructor and the course material for that week is discussed during the class period.  You then have the flexibility to complete one online discussion forum per week outside of class and you have a short online quiz to be completed each week prior to the next class meeting.  There is no final exam for this course.  Students who have completed this course have appreciated that the work load is spread out, that they can see and ask the instructor any questions and have a chance to discuss course material as a group but that they then have the freedom to complete the one weekly assignment and the weekly quiz outside of class at a time they choose to do so.  Students have noted an appreciation for the consistency, organization and flexibility of this course.

CRJ 227: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE - Hybrid (Class Number 2767)
This course serves as our Constitutional Law course and it is a great option for students seeking a career in Criminal Justice or as a Paralegal or even eventually as a Lawyer.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with the legal principles applicable to important criminal procedures that involve force, arrest, search and seizure, civil rights, self-incrimination, assistance of counsel and other aspects of Constitutional Law affecting law enforcement officers.  Most students who have completed this course have had CRJ 110 or Prlgl 110, many have had CRJ 225 prior to completing this course.  As a hybrid this course offers the best of both worlds, you meet one class period per week with the instructor and the course material for that week is discussed during the class period.  You then have the flexibility to complete one online discussion forum per week outside of class. For this course there are no quizzes or exams.  We focus on the discussions in class and in the weekly discussion forum online.  The material available for discussion is relevant, interesting and students who have completed this course have appreciated that the work load is spread out, that they can see and ask the instructor any questions and have a chance to discuss course material as a group but that they then have the freedom to complete the one weekly assignment and participate in discussions of things people in these career fields deal with daily.  Students have noted an appreciation for the consistency, organization and flexibility of this course.

CRJ 230: COURT PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE – Online (Class Number 2406)
We tend to refer to this course as simply EVIDENCE and whether you intend to be employed in a Criminal Justice career, as a Paralegal or eventually as a Lawyer, this course is one of the most beneficial courses you can complete for all areas of the law.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with the kinds of evidence and the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court, including the effect of court decisions on the acquisition and admissibility of evidence, and while we focus on the criminal procedural steps from arrest through conviction, the rules apply just as well to Civil actions.  Most students who have completed this course have had CRJ 110 or Prlgl 110, many have had CRJ 225 or other Prlgl courses prior to completing this course.  As a completely online course, this course offers the ultimate opportunity in flexibility as long as you are disciplined enough to meet the well defined deadlines.  The course content is so interesting that students are more likely to go far beyond the minimum expectations for the course.  There is one online discussion forum per week.  There are no quizzes or exams.  Students have noted an appreciation for the consistency, organization and flexibility of this course, most referring to this course  as being right up there with the CRJ 227 course as their favorite CRJ or Prlgl courses outside of the CRJ or Prlgl Internship course.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Moment of Silence

Thoughts and Prayers to the family of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage. http://centralillinoisproud.com/fulltext?nxd_id=289662

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Receptionist/Runner Position, Peoria Firm


Receptionist/runner needed for growing transactional and commercial litigation oriented law firm. Experience not necessary. Strong communication and grammatical skills are essential. Please submit resumes in confidence to Gregory A. Hunziker at Hunziker Law Group LLC, 16th Floor, Commerce Bank Building, Peoria, Illinois 61602, or email at sara@hunzikerlaw.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Peoria K9 Visits ICC Criminal Justice Class!


Recently, Officer Keith Burwell of the Peoria Police Department, and his K9 partner Taison, visited Dr. Anthony White's CRJ 110 class on the East Peoria Campus.  Officer Burwell informed the class on the history and training of Taison, the day to day life of a K9  officer, as well as demonstrated some techniques of Taison, including a drug and weapon search.  The CRJ 110 class also received a visit from our very own Chief Tom Larson, formerly of the Peoria Police Department, as well.  Chief Larson talked about working in the Criminal Justice Department, and his tenure in the same.  Thanks to Officer Burwell and Chief Larson!