Criminal Justice Education: Major Tim Eads Answers the Tough Questions
posted April 7th, 2014 by King University
Interview with Major Tim Eads From the Bristol Police Department
There are a variety of career paths in the field of criminal justice. After completing a criminal justice degree, you can pursue jobs at the local, state or federal levels of government. Criminal justice careers also span disciplines of corrections, the court system and criminology. With so many options to choose from, deciding on a criminal justice career path can be complicated. To help you explore your options and make the decision that is right for you, we spoke with Major Tim Eads, a major in the Bristol, Tennessee police department. He gives some insight into the day-to-day work and experiences you might have in a law enforcement career.
No matter what criminal justice career you are considering, a bachelor’s degree is a great first step. King University’s online criminal justice degree focuses on restorative justice, which brings together victims and offenders to foster community recovery. Our criminal justice program prepares you for various rewarding criminal justice careers in areas such as parole, law enforcement and the court system. The education you receive at King will enable you to be competitive in the job market, and our online courses are exactly the same as those delivered on campus. This means that you get all the value of a traditional classroom experience with the added flexibility and affordability of online learning.
We caught up with Major Eads to find out about his educational journey and what kinds of decisions went into his choice to work in criminal justice. Major Eads, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, has some advice for those who are considering a career criminal justice. “Make sure [you] are willing to fully commit to serving,” he says. Below are some more of Major Eads’s thoughts about working as a criminal justice professional, as well as information about his personal job responsibilities.
Tell us a little bit about your education. What type of degree do you have and from where?
“I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I also have a Graduate Certificate (15 hours) obtained while at the FBI National Academy (FBINA) from the University of Virginia. This was a program designed as an option for FBINA students who already had an undergraduate degree.”
What is a typical day like for you?
“Portions of my day consist of normal routines. This includes reviewing reports, examining the department’s budget, completing reports and managing grants and other programs. As a manager, I always take time to talk to as many of the employees working in my section as possible. I take numerous calls throughout the day. These calls mostly come from vendors, other departments and citizens. I often spend time putting out fires (not actual). These emergencies come in both real and perceived forms and from employees and citizens alike. This can often take up the majority of my day.”
What are some of your responsibilities as a part of the police department?
- Community policing and training activities
- Communications and records units
- Animal control functions
- Public speaking
- Purchasing activities
- Managing grants
- Special operations
- School safety committee
- 911 board member
- Homeland security district secretary
- Homeland security liaison
- Special events
Why did you decide to pursue your degree?
“To pursue my goals on completing Army ROTC and entering the active duty military as an officer, and to preparing for a career in law enforcement.”
What skills are necessary for someone in the criminal justice field?
- Critical thinking
- Quick decision making
- Stress management
“In addition to these skills and others, I believe the law enforcement officer must have the following characteristics:”
- Sense of responsibility
- Assertiveness but also a sense of compassion
- A calling to serve
Criminal Justice at King
If a career in criminal justice is right for you, King can help get you there. You can take courses in a variety of criminal justice topics, including crime scene investigation, criminal law, ethics and justice and American policing. To graduate from our accelerated criminal justice program, students must accumulate at least 124 credit hours, 48 of which must be completed with King University. Credits from previously attended colleges or universities will be evaluated and accepted up to the amount of 88 hours. Students that need additional core and/or elective courses to complete the required credit hours may register for core and elective courses offered each semester.
For more information about earning your criminal justice degree from King University, visit our Online Degrees page.