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The purpose of GBC's Criminal Justice Program is to assist students in the understanding of the intersection of biography and history within social structures related to the criminal justice system, as well as how to be a reflective, proficient, and active agent within these systems.

Graduates of the AAS in Criminal Justice degree program will have the knowledge and skills to:

• Demonstrate an awareness of the history and nature of the major components of the criminal justice system.
• Identify and analyze the origins of criminal behavior, society’s response to crime, and the consequences of crime to our society using multiple perspectives.
• Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills applicable in the field of criminal justice.
• Describe the process of conducting a criminal investigation, the process of arrest and pretrial detention, criminal trial procedures, and criminal punishment.
• Analyze and explain the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
• Describe the organizational structure, practice, culture, and environment of the modern police organization.
• Analyze and explain the evolution of the U.S. correctional system.
• Evaluate current issues related to crime prevention and the rehabilitation of juvenile and adult offenders, including the concepts of parole and probation.

The GBC criminal justice program provides student-centered
instruction leading to knowledge of criminal justice history and development, comprehension of criminological theories, cognition of criminal law and procedures, and proficiency with the practical application of criminal justice processes.


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  • Starting with the 2021-2022 catalog there will no longer be separate Law Enforcement and Corrections emphasis. All degrees earned will be an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

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Program Faculty

Dave Sexton, M.A.
Professor and Program Coordinator

Donnie Zumwalt, M.S.
Past Elko Police Chief

Heather Plager, B.S.
Chief Elko County Juvenile Department

Mark Mills, J.D.
Elko County Assistant District Attorney

For More Information, Contact

Brianne Murphy: 775.753.2244, brianne.murphy(a)

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