Criminal Justice Schools in Idaho | ID
In Idaho, it is supposedly illegal to give a romantic interest a box of candy that weighs less than 50 lbs! Whether this is true or urban legend can be discerned by visiting the Idaho State Law Library in Boise. The research library is open to judicial authorities, law students, attorneys and anyone from the public to scour through microfiches, volumes and online legal documents. Would this be a place you would visit due to your passions and interests? You might consider attending one of the criminal justice schools in Idaho and completing legal studies, paralegal, court reporting or another related degree or course. As you can see in the list below, you often have the choice between online or on campus programs so that you select a course of study convenient for your lifestyle.
Another criminal justice degree in Idaho that may interest you is a specialization in probations or corrections. According to the National Institute of Corrections, the number of individuals serving probation is approximately 285% higher in Idaho compared to the rest of the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics adds that Idaho is one of five states with the highest concentration of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. To work in probations, you usually require a criminal justice degree with a specialization in community corrections (or a related degree in law enforcement, human services or social work) which you can complete at one of the criminal justice schools in Idaho.
Idaho Criminal Justice Career Outlook
Idaho is one of five states with the highest concentration of fish and game wardens as well as probation officers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With seven national parks and 30 state parks, it is no surprise that Idaho has a high demand for law enforcement officers in the natural world. If this your future calling, look for information on law enforcement, wildlife, environmental sciences or criminal justice degrees with a conservation focus among the criminal justice schools in Idaho.
Criminal justice careers in Idaho that show a positive employment outlook, according to Projections Central, include:
- Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers – 110 new job openings per year
- Paralegals – 30 openings
- Lawyers – 90 openings Security Guards – 100 openings
- Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists – 30 openings
You can take a criminal justice degree in Idaho for each of these professions. The list of online and campus schools have information on law enforcement, paralegal, legal studies, corrections and other related degrees or courses.
Top Criminal Justice Employers & Agencies
According to the UAA Justice Center, there are approximately 117 local and state law enforcement agencies in Idaho. The principle agency is the Idaho State Police Department which in 2008 had approximately 264 personnel. New employees at the state police department in Idaho normally start as state troopers. With experience and further education, troopers can be promoted to positions like detective or training specialist. Although the number of personnel working at the Idaho State Police Department may seem relatively small, remember that the employment outlook for police and sheriff’s patrol officers is projected to increase by approximately 110 new openings per year. (This projection includes all law enforcement agencies). As an applicant, you will stand out from the pack of other candidates if you have an associate’s degree in law enforcement or criminal justice plus related volunteer or work experience. Check out the list of criminal justice schools in Idaho to choose such a campus or online program that fits your schedule and needs.
The Idaho State Police Department also hires forensic science experts, IT experts, Records Specialists, Office Clerks, Communications Officers and other positions. If interested in this case, look for programs in Idaho such as forensic science, information security or computer forensics, office administration, criminal justice and other related degrees.
Idaho Criminal Justice & Legal Job Outlook & Idaho Criminal Justice Salary
|Career||Employment Growth through 2018||Current Average Salary|
|Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers||15%||$43,000 – 48,000|
|Correctional Officers and Jailers||13%||$31,000 – 33,000|
|Detectives and Criminal Investigators||11%||$58,000-64,000|
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||24%||$37,000 – 39,000|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||27%||$38,000 – 42,000|
|Emergency Management Specialists||17%||$49,000-56,000|
|Lawyers||13%||$92,000 – 100,000|
|Court Reporters||23%||$29,000 – 33,000|
Sources: Growth Projections projectionscentral.com ~ Salary Range bls.gov
Idaho Crime Rate
According to the National Institute of Corrections, Idaho is among five states with the lowest crime rate compared to the rest of the country. Its property crime rate is 30% lower and its violent crime rate is 39% lower than the national average.
In 2010, the FBI reported approximately 1,995 cases of property crime per 100,000 people (larceny, motor vehicle theft and burglary) and around 221 cases of violent crime per 100,000 people (murder/manslaughter, aggravated assault, rape and robbery).
Idaho's Correctional System Stats
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Article By Michelle Brunet