Top 10 Industry Associations in Criminal Justice

Individuals working in the criminal justice field have many organizations they can turn to for assistance, information, professional guidance, networking and many other purposes. Whether you have gone through school and received your degree already or not, it’s important to network with various associations in the criminal justice field. These associations range from student groups you can join in school to industry organizations you can become a part of once you have your degree. The following are considered the top 10 industry associations in criminal justice: 1. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: This international association has been fostering professional and scholarly activities in the field since 1963. 2. American Criminal Justice Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon): Students who are still in school and practicing professionals can join this association. It exposes new criminal justice policies, procedures, technology, training, and education programs. 3. American Board of Criminalistics: This is a collection of regional and national associations representing forensic scientists. E association has member representatives that can provide information about the board, certification examinations, proficiency testing, and more. 4. International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals: This association is concerned with tackling the challenges facing the free world and supporting professional ethics in these fields. 5. International Association of Professional Security Consultants: The IAPSC is a consulting association with strict member guidelines. This means clients who select a consultant from this group know they are working with the best of the best. 6. International Association for the Study of Organized Crime: Criminologists, researchers, working professionals, teachers, and students make up this information-driven association. 7. National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice: This nonprofit criminal justice association is a multi-ethnic and non-partisan group that is concerned with promoting positive changes and increased opportunities in the field. 8. National Criminal Justice Association: The NCJA is a special interest group standing up for the issues of crime control and public safety for every state. This association also offers support with justice and public safety issues for the National Governors’ Association. 9. United States Department of Justice: The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in order to protect public safety and homeland security. 10. American Bar Association- Criminal Justice Section: This member-based organization is responsible for the ABA’s efforts to solve criminal, legal, and administrative problems in the criminal justice field.

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