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Criminal justice programs adjust to changing law enforcement landscape

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Some criminal justice programs are utilizing national events involving law enforcement to reinforce lessons in class.

Rick Ellett is a teacher and adviser for John A. Logan's criminal justice program.

"It's a very dynamic field it's adjusting to society's changes,” Ellett said.

He said 24/7 news networks have changed how people see events like Baltimore and Ferguson protests and riots play out.

"I believe the students are very aware to what's going on," Ellett said.

Smart phones and social media means the eyes of the world are always watching.

Ellett said it's nothing police haven't faced before.

"I remember many years ago when the camera was going into the squad cars. Now you're seeing the body cameras," Ellett said.

He said police training adapted then, like it is now, but the mission remains unchanged.

"To uphold the rights of citizens," Ellett said.

His message to students is simple.

"Our students are taught day one: do your job proper, do your job right,” Ellett said. “You'll be fine."

John A. Logan offers a two-year program for criminal justice students.

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