Criminal Justice Super Saturday Academy Courses

Are you considering a career in criminal justice? Are you fascinated by criminal cases that you hear about in the news? Or would you like to learn more about police dogs and how officers address situations involving animals? This semester, MxCC is offering a series of courses on unique topics related to the criminal justice field. These classes have limited enrollment and are open to students ages 16 and up. Register early!

Cannabis New!

Grow your knowledge of cannabis by taking this introductory class. Learn how it is used medicinally in Connecticut. This course explores a variety of related topics including state laws on medical marijuana, the chemical composition of cannabis, and how it plays a role in human physiology and pharmacology. The course also examines the conflict between state, federal, and civil laws. Additional topics include employment law, ADA considerations, DUI enforcement, search and seizure, as well national and global trends towards rescheduling cannabis.

Fall 2019 Courses

K-9s in Law

The course is designed to provide students with an overview of the use of K-9s in law enforcement. Topics include training, patrol work, special detection, community relations, search and rescue, liability, K-9 psychology, and special care required for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the canine. The course also illustrates the distinction between working dogs and pets.

Fall 2019 Courses

Shoot, Don’t Shoot New!

The authority for police officers to use force in the line of duty is one of the most controversial aspects of police work. Everyday police officers across the nation are involved in deadly force situations and subject to criticism via social media. This course provides students with an overview of the use of force continuum and how each step is utilized. Students review landmark cases involving use of force. The course outlines the steps that take place when a deadly force situation occurs and includes the investigation, mental health support, civil liability, and criminal liability.

Fall 2019 Courses

The City of Corrections

This class connects students to the world of the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC). You are introduced to the DOC through an interactive lecture and practical exposure from various correctional staff as guest speakers. The historical origin of the DOC, and how it has progressed into current times is covered with an emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration. Students are introduced to the organizational structure of the DOC and how it operates to ensure public safety, staff wellness, and efficiency. This is an opportunity to become exposed to various correctional jobs, policies, practices, and structure including Correctional Warden, Correction Officer, K-9 unit, CERT team, Gang Intelligence Unit, Security Division, and Parole and Community Services.

You will receive a tour of one of the state’s correctional facilities, Cheshire Correctional Institution. The size limit on the tour is TBD. During this tour students will view the Young Adult Offender Program where offenders are paired with mentors in order to rehabilitate them. Students must provide their own transportation to the Cheshire Correctional Institution on the day of the tour.

Fall 2019 Courses

Animal Control Officers

The course provides an overview of the daily operation of animal control officers as a branch of law enforcement. Topics include training, response, animal cruelty, community relations, liability, rabies, public health, zoonotic diseases, and population control. The course also illustrates the distinction in the policies and procedures of different municipalities. Students participate in an animal CPR class at Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center. Students must provide their own transportation to Pieper.

Fall 2019 Courses

Fingerprinting 101

This hands-on workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills necessary for documenting, identifying, and developing latent fingerprints. Students use both chemical and physical visualization techniques to include fingerprint powders, magnetic powders, SPR, Cyanoacrylate fuming, iodine, crystal, and crystal violet.

Fall 2019 Courses

Mind of a Serial Killer

Do you ever wonder what in the world a person could be thinking? Students in this course analyze and examine the mind of a serial killer. Students begin by learning the basics of the criminal law system, from what happens from the time of the arrest to the time of prosecution and conviction. Students then move into an examination of famous killers such as Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer. In conclusion, students take an in-depth look at the inner workings of the mind and what makes these killers tick.

Fall 2019 Courses