Great Blogs for Criminal Justice Students – Part 1


Criminal Justice blogs are an excellent way to gain a better insight into the world of law and crime (photo courtesy of flickr user Null Value).

Whether you have been a die-hard fan of Criminal Justice for years or just recently discovered an interest, the internet has probably been a great friend or yours: free online television shows thanks to, numerous online schools offering you acceptance into their online degree programs, and, obviously, political updates that could change the future of our law enforcement system. But how many online Criminal Justice blogs do you have saved into your Favorites? Well search no more, below is a list of the first series of  blogs Criminal Justice students will be sure to love, and why.

1. Spartan Cops

Scott and Matt, both front line supervisors in a police department in Texas, outline everything you can imagine regarding the use of force by police. From weapons, tactics and firearms, these two veteran officers are sure to interest even the rookie Criminal Justice enthusiast. Unfortunately, there site is currently on hiatus due to family and professional obligations, but the site is still active and their return is planned. Right now, the blog is an excellent resource for information on Martial Arts, defense weaponry, and routine traffic stops.

2. The Crime Analyst’s Blog

Scott Dickson has been writing his blog since 2009 and to-date has contributed over 1300 posts to the site. With over twenty years of experience in law enforcement and a growing audience, Dickson’s blog topic range from modern policing techniques and intelligence to the juvenile justice system and crime analysis.

3. CSI Blog

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment started writing this blog in 2008. With a core focus of crime, murder, and scandal, the blog is known for dissecting elements of crime ranging from hostage situations to copycat killers.

4. Early American Crime

Anthony Vaver focuses on the history of American crime in his blog. By focusing on colonial American through the Republic, Vaver’s monthly blog entries mix history and criminal justice to create a thorough understanding of the why’s associated with crime.

5. Social Media Five-O

Retried law enforcement officer and social media strategist, Michael F. Vallez, explores social media applications in law enforcement. By detailing new and upcoming information associated with social media, Vallez discusses how Smartphone apps, Facebook and twitter are used in case studies and day-to-day law enforcement.

 6. Law Librarian Blog

Believe it or not, your local librarian probably knows a thing or two about law enforcement and crime; Joe Hodnicki, Director of Butler County Law Library in Ohio sure does! Law librarians and legal researchers regularly contribute to this blog to keep readers up-to-date on the latest resources and news associated with law.

7. Cops Alive

John Marx is the founder of CopsAlive, but welcomes articles from other individuals with insight and information related to his core focus: Helping Law Enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful lives on the job and beyond. With a focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, this blog outlines information for those in law enforcement to maintain their fitness and nutrition needs. Recent topics include PTSD, spirituality, BMI, and on-the-job stress.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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