Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at ACTI gives students both theory and hands-on experience with skills and knowledge in the field. We strive to emphasize the development of effective written and verbal communication, required professional and academic skills and problem-solving abilities, with a strong emphasis on overall safety.

The classes cover law enforcement, courts, corrections, criminal investigation and forensic science including:

  • A thorough examination of the criminal justice system and how its components operate.
  • Police operations, including how to make an arrest and all the aspects of how a police department functions.
  • Criminal investigation and forensic science techniques necessary to properly process and document a crime scene.
  • Criminal law and procedure, examining all aspects of the justice system and its operation.

ACTI’s Criminal Justice program complies with standard law enforcement training, which includes:

  • State and federal laws
  • Report writing
  • Defensive tactics and handcuffing
  • Patrol procedures and survival skills
  • Extensive physical conditioning
  • Firearms
  • Use of intermediate weapons (batons, pepper spray)
  • Arrest procedures
  • Driving tactics
  • First responder
  • Practical exercises (domestics, building searches)
  • First aid and CPR
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Testifying in court
  • Radio communication
  • Ethics in law enforcement

Industry Certifications

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Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB)

Personal Protection Baton Tactics (PPBT)

Practical and Tactical Handcuffing (PATH)

Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT)

Person Protection Control and Defense (PPC&D)

Postsecondary Connections
  • College in the High School/Dual Enrollment
    • Harrisburg Area Community College
      • CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice – Juniors, Spring Semester – 3 credits
      • CJ104 Police Operations – Seniors, Fall Semester – 3 credits
      • CJ212 Criminal Law and Procedure – Seniors, Spring Semester – 3 credits
  • Local Articulation Agreement
    • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Statewide Articulation Agreement – SOAR – details at


Donald Slimmer

Office: (717) 334-6254

Adams County Technical Institute

1126 Old Harrisburg Road

Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Units of Study

  • Crime scene management
  • Use of force—criminal
  • Law and procedures
  • Health issues
  • Police concepts and skills
  • Corrections concepts and skills
  • Court systems
  • Communications security: National, international and local
  • Special populations

Online Textbooks

The following criminal justice books can be accessed through our online library.