With the growth of social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, many modern-day criminals have found an outlet to talk about crimes they’re planning or to boast about their latest illegal activities. They brazenly post photos and videos to show off their weapons and contraband.
This rapid technological growth presents new opportunities for police and law enforcement professionals to monitor and track criminal behavior—and potentially advance their careers.
By 2008, Cincinnati police had arrested 71 people following a 9-month investigation that used social media to identify key members of a local gang. By 2012, police investigators were monitoring more than 30 websites a day for gang-related activity.*
In 2014, the Center for Social Media at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) published its 2013 annual Social Media Survey of how 1,221 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies use social media to track and monitor criminal behavior.
The 2013 IACP survey observed tremendous growth in the use of social media since the previous year’s survey. Once again, the most common use of social media was for criminal investigations.†
As police departments and law enforcement agencies increase their budgets to provide the manpower and technology to fight cyber crimes effectively, graduates of an online master’s in criminal justice program will have a competitive edge for positions of authority in the criminal justice system.
A master’s in criminal justice degree online can open many doors for early- to mid-career professionals who aspire to advance their careers in diverse areas of the criminal justice system:
Other rewarding positions can be found as a forensic scientist, forensic psychologist, criminologist, crime scene investigator, and private investigator.‡
At Walden University, you can customize your online master’s in criminal justice program by focusing on the general program or choosing one of eight optional specializations: Emergency Management; Homeland Security Policy and Coordination; Law and Public Policy; Policy Analysis; Public Management and Leadership; International/Global Criminal Justice Issues; Behavioral Sciences; and Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace.
All specializations include the core course Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime. In this course, you’ll explore the relationship between technology and criminal activity, acquiring skills that can help you:
A master’s in criminal justice leadership and executive management is the best option for mid- to late-career professionals who work closely with policymakers and decision-makers.
For more than 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities.
Explore Walden University's online master’s degree in criminal justice and master’s in criminal justice leadership and executive management. Earn your degree at a pace that fits your life and schedule.
*Heather, Kelly (2012, August 30). Police Embrace Social Media as Crime-Fighting Tool. CNN U.S. Edition. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/30/tech/social-media/fighting-crime-social-media/index.html
†IACP 2013 Social Media Survey Results. (2013, October 18). IACP Center for Social Media. Retrieved from http://blog.iacpsocialmedia.org/Home/tabid/142/entryid/312/Default.aspx
‡Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.