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Criminology Glossary

Learn the terns used by those who work in the field of criminolgy.

10-Codes
Learn more about how police and dispatchers communicate and what the purpose is behind using 10-codes.

Academy
Learn how criminal justice academies are different from other academic institutions.

Active Resistance
Definition of active resistance as it pertains to law enforcement and criminal justice

Administrative Investigation
Learn more about how administrative investigations differ from criminal investiations.

Affidavit

Aggressive Resistance
Defintion of aggressive resistance as it pertains to law enforcement uses of force.

Air Marshal
Learn more about what an Air Marshal is.

Arrest

Attrition
Get the definition of attrition and find out what it means for criminology and criminal justice careers.

Relevant Work Experience
Find out what employers mean by "relevant work experience" and what you can do to get it.

Background Check
Background checks are an indispensable part of the law enforcment and criminal justice hiring process. Learn more about what they do and what they entail.

Background Check
Background checks are an indispensable part of the law enforcment and criminal justice hiring process. Learn more about what they do and what they entail.

Bailiff
Definition of Bailiff

Basic Abilities Test / Police Officer Screening Test (POST)
Find out what's involved in the police officer screening test (POST) and what the basic abilities test looks for in potential police recruits.

Basic Information on Forensic Psychologists
Get the basics on what forensic psychologists are and what they do.

Biocriminology
Learn more about biocriminology.

BOLO - Be on the Look Out
Police and crime analysts use BOLO's to alert other officers to suspicious activity, crime suspects and dangerous individuals.

Calls For Service
Learn what law enforcement agencies mean when describing Calls For Service activity versus self-initiated activity.

Civilian
Get the definition of "civilian" as it relates to criminology and criminal justice careers

Code of Ethics
Code of Ethics

Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
Learn how law enforcement officers and dispatchers use computer aided dispatch to help them manage calls and assign personnel.

Constable
Definition of Constable

Credit Check
Credit checks are often part of the law enforcment and criminal justice background investigation. Learn more about what they do and what they entail.

Crime Analyst
Learn more about crime analysts: what they do and how they do it.

Crime Analyst
Learn more about crime analysts: what they do and how they do it.

Crime Analyst
Learn more about crime analysts: what they do and how they do it.

Crime Analyst
Learn more about crime analysts: what they do and how they do it.

Criminal Intelligence
Learn more about the concept of criminal intelligence, as well the crime analysts who gather it.

Criminal Justice
Learn more abut the definition of criminal justice and how crime and punishment is studied.

Criminalistics
Learn more about criminalistics and the examination of physical evidence

Recidivism
Find out more about the problem of recidivism in criminology studies.

Criminologist
Find out what a criminologist is, what they do and where they work.

Recidivism Rate
Find out more about the problem of recidivism rate in criminology studies.

Rehabilitation
Find out more about rehabilitation and the problem of recidivism in criminology studies.

Criminology
Learn about the study of crime and it's causes and costs.

Deadly Force
The defintion of deadly force

Deposition
Find out what a deposition is and how it is used in other court proceedings.

Deputy
Definition of Deputy

Digital and Multimedia Sciences
Learn more about the forensic examination of Digital and Multimedia evidence.

Disqualifiers
Disqualifiers can keep you from getting hired in criminal justice and criminology. Learn more about behaviors to avoid to ensure your best chances to land a job.

Due Diligence Investigations
Find out what private investigators do when they conduct due diligence investigations.

Emergency Mode
Find out what it means to drive in emergency mode.

Felony
Find out what a felony is, and how it differs from a misdemeanor.

Hazardous Devices Units
The definition of law enforcement Hazardous Devices Units.

Tag Readers
The definition of Tag Readers.

Specialty Units
The definition of specialty units as they relate law enforcement.

Mobile Data Terminals
Find out what an MDT or MCT is.

National Crime Information Center
Find out about the National Crime Information Center.

Police Package
Find out what a police package really means in a patrol car.

Hot Call
Find out what a "hot call" is.

Task Force
The definition of law enforcement task forces.

Take-Home Car
Learn the difference between take-home cars and pool cars.

Pool Car
Learn the difference between pool cars and take-home cars.

Solo Patrol
The definition of solo patrol as it relates to new police officer training programs.

Field Training
The definition of field training as it relates to new police officer training programs.

First Responder
Learn more about first responders, what they do and what their role is.

Forensic Engineering Sciences
Learn more about the Forensic Engineering Sciences

Forensic Scientist
Learn what a forensic scientist is and what they do.

Digital Forensics
Find out what the term 'Digital Forensics' means and how it relates to forensic science.

Ballistics
Find out what the term 'ballistics' means and how it relates to forensic science.

Forensics
Find out the definition of forensics, its origin and what it means today.

Hereditary Criminology
Learn more about Hereditary Criminology.

Intermediate Weapons
Intermediate weapons provide a means to help officers perform their jobs without having to resort to deadly force.

Internal Affairs
Who watches the watchers? Internal affairs divisions are responsible for conducting investigations into police officers accused of wrong doing.

Jail
Learn what a jail is and how it differs from prison

Lethal Force
lethal force describes force that is likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

Marshal
Definition of marshal

Military
Get the definition of "military" as it relates to criminology and criminal justice personnel.

Misdemeanor

Neurocriminology
Learn more about Neurocriminology.

Next Generation 911
Next generation 911 is the next step in emergency services communication.

Nolo Contendere
Find out what it means to plead Nolo Contendere in a court setting.

Non Sworn
Get the definition of non sworn as it relates to criminology and criminal justice careers

Non-Lethal Force
Non-lethal force describes force that is not likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

Oath of Office
Oath of Office Definition

Odontology
Learn more about forensic odontology.

On-the-Job Training
Get the definition of on-the-job training, especially as it relates to criminology and criminal justice careers.

Passive Resistance
Definition of passive resistance as it pertains to law enforcement.

Pathology
Learn more about forensic pathology.

Physical Abilities Test
Get basic information on pre-employment physical abilities tests for law enforcement officers and other criminology and criminal justice professionals, and learn more about what the process involves.

Physical Anthropology
Learn more about forensic Physical Anthropology.

Physical Evidence
Learn more about the examination of physical evidence

Police Officer's Bill of Rights
The Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights protects officers from self incrimination when they are required to provide information in administrative investigations.

Polygraph
Learn more about the polygraph, also known as the lie detector test.

Pre-Employment Psycholgical Screening
Get basic information on pre-employment psychological screening for law enforcement officers and other criminology and criminal justice professionals, and learn more about what the process involves.

Priors

Prison
Find out what a prison and and how it differs from a jail.

Private Investigator
Find out what private investigators are and what they do.

Probation
Find out what the term probation means in criminal justce.

Professional Courtesy
In law enforcement and other criminal justice careers, some professionals expect to recieve special treatement in certain circumstances. In some cases, the expect to be shown lieniency from minor violations.

Pursuit
Learn about police pursuits and some of the criteria that guides decisions to pursue.

Questioned Documents
Learn more about Questioned Documents examination.

Reconstructionists
Find out what reconstructionists are and what they do.

Duty Weapon
Learn more about the weapons carried by police officers while on duty.

Off Duty
Off duty may refer to different concepts in law enforcement circles.

Recruit
Definition of police recruit

Law Enforcement Fatigue
Find out what law enforcement fatigue is and what the dangers are.

Self-Initiated Activity
Learn what law enforcement agencies mean when describing self-initiated activity versus calls for service.

Shift Work
Shift work refers to rotating shifts that cover 24-hour periods or varying hours through the day or week.

Signal Codes
Find out more about the kind of codes police officers and dispatcher use to communicate with each other, what signal codes are and why they're used.

Special Agent
Definition of special agent

State Trooper
Learn what a state trooper is and how they differ from local law enforcement officers.

Stop and frisk / Terry stop
Learn more about stop and frisk laws and how Terry stops affect both civillians and law enforcement officers.

Supplemental Application
Background checks are an indispensable part of the law enforcment and criminal justice hiring process. Learn more about what they do and what they entail.

Sworn
Get the definition of sworn as it relates to criminology and criminal justice careers

Think Tank
Learn what a think tank is and what it does, especially as it pertains to criminology and criminal justice.

Toxicology
Learn more about Toxicology.

Trial
Learn more about trials and criminal court proceedings.

Turnover
Get the definition of turnover and find out what it means for criminology and criminal justice careers.

Uniform Code of Military Justice
Learn more about the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly as it relates to military, criminology and criminal justice personnel.

Use of Control
The definition of use of control as it pertains to law enforcement and other criminal justice and criminology careers.

Use of Force
The definition of use of force as it pertains to law enforcement and other criminal justice careers

Veteran's Preference
Veterans are given hiring preference in many careers, especially withing the federal government and criminal justice jobs.

Warrant

Mourning Band
What does it mean when you see an officer wearing a black band across their badge? Find out how officer remember their lost.

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