Do you think you would make a good crime scene investigator?Come and test your skills during Northern Essex Community College’s first Crime Scene Open House on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. Northern Essex forensic science professor Mike Cross and criminal investigation professor Paul Cavan will guide participants from a staged crime scene through the various forensic stations including fingerprinting, fiber and blood evidence, crime scene photography, and suspect interviews.Participants may end their crime scene investigation with a presentation of their findings.

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Northern Essex offers associate degrees in criminal justice and criminal justice: private & public safety option (accelerated) as well as a certificate in law enforcement.

With an ongoing focus on homeland security, opportunities for employment in the criminal justice field are continuing to grow.

From law enforcement to the legal system, corrections to security, Northern Essex offers many career path opportunities to choose from.

At NECC, individuals can prepare for a career as a municipal police officer, state trooper, correction officer, or insurance investigator or be trained to work in probation, parole, the court system or security.

The college has a rural 106-acre Haverhill Campus (100 Elliott Street) which features seven campus buildings including a state-of-the art Technology Center (built in 2005) and the innovative Behrakis One-Stop Student Center.

There are currently six locations in the nearby city of Lawrence: The Dimitry Building located (45 Franklin Street); i [email protected] (52 Franklin Street), The Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center (78 Amesbury Street); NECC Riverwalk (360 Merrimack Street, right off Interstate 495; the El Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center (414 Common Street); and another facility at 420 Common Street.In the fall of 1961 Northern Essex opened its doors to 186 students in the then-former Greenleaf Elementary School on Chadwick Street in Bradford.Most were recent graduates of Haverhill High School as well as high schools in surrounding towns.The criminal justice program features programs to either enter the workforce directly or transfer to a four-year program.With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth More than 6,600 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 3,400 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley. Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a #1 Best Selling Author, Host of the Paying Attention Radio Program on WCAP in Lowell, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass.