Indeed, there are careers in law enforcement and in the criminal justice field for disabled individuals. I am acquainted with more than a few physically challenged folks employed in law enforcement and criminal justice professions. A number of them have unrivaled skills and can do things within their area of expertise that I probably couldn’t do.
For instance, Sandra is deaf, but she performs very well in an accounting position and doubles as an interpreter for the hearing impaired.
Rob was permanently disabled due to a tragic car accident. He worked in a crime prevention unit and assisted local K-12 schools with drug prevention initiatives until he retired in 2007.
Danny is a friend of mine who works in the IT department of a local police department. He got this job with an online degree in computer science, not criminal justice. He’s an amputee.
I know of a paraplegic attorney that works very closely with the local and state law enforcement agencies.
Mobility impairments are certainly easier to overcome as most public buildings are expected by law to be accessible to the disabled. That includes employees and the general public.
The real deal about physical handicap in the Criminal Justice field
Can disabled people perform in all the lines of work in law enforcement? Surely not.
However, there are still some jobs they can carry out. The organizations which employ such persons have to look outside the box in order to provide its prospective employees and the organization itself with the right fit. I strongly feel that the criminal justice field has expanded their understanding on this matter and is ready to furnish the right working conditions for the handicapped.
From my experience many disabled individuals who work in law enforcement were disabled while in the line of duty, then given an alternate position that took them off the streets.
I still feel that 99.9% of the entry level positions in law enforcement are not going to be readily available to a high school graduate. Additionally, If someone is mentally disabled the chances of them working in a law enforcement position are very slim.
Criminal Justice education – an outstanding tool for the disabled
If you or someone you know is disabled you have to understand that the level of education will certainly increase the chances of a better position within the field. You don’t just get hired because you are disabled, but rather because you can be a contributing member of the team; it’s a mutually beneficial endeavor.
The type of education is not limited to Criminal Justice courses and degree programs. Business, accounting, and computer majors are also very good. If you speak or you studied another desirable foreign language consider yourself “blessed.” Languages like Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Farsi are a gold mine and will be for many years to come.
Online schools contribute heavily into the development of the human mind. I strongly feel that an online education in Criminal Justice, or anything one likes, can help out those that are less mobile due to a disability. That said, you can study Business, Accounting, Computer Science, and Languages at colleges and universities online, too.