Criminal Justice Colleges & Degree Programs in Wisconsin, WI

Criminal Justice Colleges in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is a recreational haven, thanks to its nearly 500 public golf courses, two Great Lakes, more than 33,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 15,000 inland lakes.

Wisconsin Criminal Justice Colleges

Those interested in law enforcement jobs in Wisconsin may also find it a haven, because of the many associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science, and other related subjects. Some of these programs are also available online--ideal for those who want to be able to take advantage of Wisconsin's recreational offerings without sacrificing daytime to sit in a classroom. The state has earned the top ACT scores in the nation since 1995. With a degree from one of the criminal justice colleges in Wisconsin, you may be qualified to work in such law enforcement jobs as deputy sheriff, corrections officer, criminal investigator, security guard, loss prevention worker, crime scene investigator, or bailiff.

Law Enforcement Jobs in Wisconsin

According to the state's Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin's 7.8 percent unemployment rate in October 2010 was one of the nation's lowest; additionally, there was a net increase of 2,300 government jobs in that same month. This bodes well for those interested in a degree from criminal justice colleges in Wisconsin. Another benefit is the state's TIME System, a law enforcement messaging network that connects more than 250,000 criminal justice computers across the nation and Canada, with 7,600 in Wisconsin alone. This is thought to be a major contributor to the state's decreasing crime rates; the violent crime and property crime rates dropped 6 percent between 2008 and 2009, and motor vehicle theft decreased a remarkable 23 percent. Milwaukee's metropolitan area tends to have the highest rates of violent crime, meaning that many police jobs in Wisconsin are centered in this area. The mean annual wage for protective service occupations in the state was $38,790 in 2009, which is slightly lower than the national figure, which is $41,740, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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