Criminal Justice teaches students to remain P.O.I.S.E.D.

One of Triton's newest courses, S.M.I.L.E. - Stress Management in Law Enforcement - has been met with high praises from students for incorporating physical training for the P.O.W.E.R. Test (Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report) needed to gain entry into the police academy, as well as lessons on nutrition and stress management as it pertains to a job in law enforcement. It has been so widely received that Triton's Criminal Justice Administration Department has developed a supplemental course that will be available in spring 2013.

P.O.I.S.E.D. - Principles of Integrity, Safety and Ethics for Duty - like S.M.I.L.E., will be a 15-week course in which one-half of the semester will be spent learning about ethics, including moral duty and obligation; and the other half will focus on physical agility training, specifically martial arts, to satisfy the fitness components of the P.O.W.E.R. Test. At the conclusion of the course, students will be tested in accordance with the P.O.W.E.R. Test requirements, and upon successfully passing the test, will receive a certification card which can be presented as proof that they have met the P.O.W.E.R. Test standards.

"This second course provides for an opportunity to take fitness to the next level, while introducing martial arts to enhance discipline, composure and ethical behavior required for service duty," said John Augustine, coordinator of Triton's Criminal Justice Administration program.

Both courses are recommended for criminal justice students interested in finding employment immediately following graduation, as well as law enforcement candidates who may have previously failed the P.O.W.E.R. Test and are interested in retesting and/or would like to maintain their bodies to be ready for the next P.O.W.E.R. test.

The P.O.I.S.E.D. (CJA296-003) and S.M.I.L.E. (CJA296-001) courses will be offered at the college's current tuition rate for a three-credit hour course, plus academic and verification process fees. To register, visit or call the Admissions Office at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3130.

For more information about the courses, contact John Augustine at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3323, or e-mail