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School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice is part of the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College and is located at the Larry H. Miller Campus in the Public Safety Education and Training Center (9750 South 300 West Sandy, Utah 84070). The Department is one of the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the field of criminal justice and criminology in the United States. Our mission is to provide students with an outstanding, cutting-edge, well-rounded, liberal arts, professional education that provides the skills, networking, and knowledge required to be successful within the field of criminal justice and criminology.


Two degrees are offered in the program: an associate of science degree for students who plan to transfer to a four-year program, and an associate of applied science degree for students who plan to go directly into the field. Transfer students should check with an advisor in selection of General Education and elective options to coordinate with the appropriate academic track at the transfer institution.

Licensure Information

The Criminal Justice program alone does not lead to professional licensure. This program prepares students for application and transfer to other programs of study that could eventually lead to professional licensure. Professional licensure requirements vary from state-tostate. Here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state or intended profession, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

Career Opportunities

Criminal justice is one of the largest domestic industries in the United States, consequently criminal justice and criminology is one of the fastest growing fields of study, with a high success rate of graduates finding jobs within the field. With this highly sought-after degree by the global work force, students find professional career opportunities in, but not limited to, law enforcement, drug rehabilitation counseling, law, academia, public administration, business administration, nonprofit administration, legal observation, human rights, corrections, lobbying, politics, homeland security, probation and parole, youth mentorship, legal aid, social work, therapy, agency management, program coordination, criminal investigation, judge and courts, prison education, suicide prevention, ballistics, crime journalism, blood spatter analysis, computer forensics, latent print examination, crime laboratory analysis, crime laboratory technician, crime scene investigation, crime scene photography, forensics pathology, victim and survivor advocacy, counterterrorism, human security, novelist, community organizer, corrections, and criminal psychology.

Full-Time Faculty Bio’s

Chris Bertram, M.B.A., M.A.

Assistant Professor
Larry H. Miller Campus
Public Safety Education & Training Center, 270 G
Office: 801-957-5356

Chris Bertram, M.B.A., M.A. is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. He joined full-time Fall 2016 after serving 6 years as Adjunct faculty member. In addition to teaching full-time he owns a private investigating and consulting company and for the past 8 years has worked as an Adjunct at State University New York (SUNY.) In 1997, he was named the State of Utah’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Utah Sheriffs’ Association. In 2018, he was named the Honorary Sheriff of the Year by the Utah Sheriffs’ Association. Also, he is a member of the UPD/ Salt Lake County Peace Officer’s Merit Commission. He comes from a family dedicated to careers in service, is a fourth-generation law enforcement officer (father FBI, grandfather New Jersey Police and Fire Chief, and great-grandfather New York City Police Officer).


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Arts (MA) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in Homeland Defense, 2008
    • Thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School titled “Factors that affect interagency collaborations: lessons during and following the 2002 Winter Olympics”
  • Family vs. Duty: Personal and Family Preparedness for Law Enforcement Organizational Resilience in the national Sheriff Magazine, 2008
  • FBI National Academy 223 Session at Quantico, Virginia, 2005
  • FBI Executive Command College, 2003
  • Utah POST Command College, 2003


He spent 25 years in law enforcement starting as a Reserve Deputy for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s, then full-time Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. He served as the Chief of Police for the City of Holladay from 2008 to 2015 with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake under the Office of Sheriff. He retired as a Deputy Chief the Unified Police/Sheriff’s Office in 2015.

  • Patrol duty in the East Patrol Division
  • Juvenile Detective Division
  • Court Services Division
  • Detective Division Warrants Unit
  • Covert Joint-Agency Operation Investigating Juvenile Drug and Alcohol Violations
  • Salt Lake County Housing Authority (HUD) Investigations
  • Juvenile Detectives Division
  • Special Investigations Divisions
  • Executive Officer in both the East and West Patrol Divisions
  • Investigations Division over Homeland Security/Intelligence/Narcotics
  • Acting-Commander of the Oquirrh Patrol Division and Night Watch Commander

Course Coordinator

  • 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • 2020 Criminal Justice Leadership and Supervision
  • 2300 Introduction to Policing
  • 2420 Anatomy of Homicide
  • 2450 Terrorism
  • 2480 Crime Scene Processing
  • 2510 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Antonette Gray, PhD (ABD), M.A.

Criminal Justice Diversity Fellow
Larry H. Miller Campus
Public Safety Education & Training Center, 270 G
Office: 801-957-5309

Antonette, PhD (ABD)., M.A. is a Diversity Fellow in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. She joined full-time Fall 2018 after serving as an Adjunct Faculty member. She has taught Criminal Justice at the collegiate level for close to 10 years and has also worked for the Utah State government for over 10 years with the Utah Department of Child and Family Services, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and Utah Department of Corrections. In addition to teaching full-time, she supports Salt Lake Community College’s Prison Education Project where she works with offenders and their re-entry efforts. She is both a Certified ‘Makin it Work Out Instructor (Life Skills for Offenders), and a Certified Corrections Academy and Peace Officer Standards Training Instructor. Currently, she also supports offenders (both males and females) through continued life-skills instruction. She has worked as a test developer for Prometric Inc., co-author for criminal justice textbooks at American Intercontinental University, and has embraced similar opportunities since on board in a full-time capacity at Salt Lake Community College. She is invested in curriculum development, authoring, and teaching a diverse student population.

Antonette also served honorably in the United States Navy where she participated in ISO Global War on Terrorism, as well as in Operation Unified. While in the military she earned the United States Navy Good Conduct Award, United States Navy Outstanding Achievement Award, Jr. Shore Sailor of the Quarter (BMU-1), and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM). As a Jamaican immigrant she is always open to diversity and brings her cultural awareness to the facilitation process. She is a service-oriented individual and a social justice advocate. She has been a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society Member since 2010.


  • PhD (ABD) in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Criminal Justice from the Monmouth University, Long Branch, New Jersey 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Humanities (Spanish & International Relations) from University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 1999


Antonette has spent over 10 years invested in Criminal Justice and her community. She spent over 5 years holding various offices on the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and worked through the legislative and interim sessions drafting bills, and revising language associated with criminal justice bills. She has worked alongside colleagues who were committed to the preservation of human rights and who relentlessly demonstrated strong focus on criminal justice issues. Partnered with survivors of interpersonal violence, volunteers, community partners, criminal justice professionals, medical providers and lawmakers to establish and maintain a criminal justice agenda. Involved in outreach to increase awareness about domestic violence signs and supports. She has worked as a Criminal Justice Subject Matter Expert (SME) for over 5 years, where she lent her expertise to test development, curriculum development, and authoring. She worked as the State of Utah’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator (DMC) in the Governor’s Office where she was responsible for coordinating the State's efforts to address disproportionate minority youth contact with the juvenile justice system and to ensure State's compliance with the DMC core requirement of the JJDP Act of 1974. She was integral in the creation of the curriculum, and statewide training efforts that complemented HB460- School Resource Officers and School Administrators Training Agreement. She was the Co-Chair of the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Cultural Office of Diversity Law Enforcement Committee (CODA). This afforded her the opportunity work in conjunction with other professionals to create a forum to develop positive relationships between Law Enforcement and their communities while reducing the disproportionate minority youth representation in the Juvenile Justice System. She has created her own National Peace Officers Standards and Training (NPOST) preparation program in collaboration with Granite School District to help prepare refugee/minority for the NPOST examination. Antonette has worked in the Corrections field supporting the offenders’ release/re-entry efforts through education and workplace readiness.

Antonette has taught courses in the areas of Terrorism, Homeland Security, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Criminology, Victim Advocacy, Victimology, Criminology, Victimology, Cultural Diversity for Criminal Justice Professionals, Race and Cultural Diversity, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Stress and Crisis Management, Psychopathology and Criminality, Gang Activity and Drug Operations and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II

Assistant Professor
Larry H. Miller Campus
Public Safety Education & Training Center, 270 D
Office: 801-957-5358
Cell: 315-657-2911
Website: and

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute of Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College, is the editor of the Peace Studies Journal, Green Theory and Praxis Journal, and Transformative Justice Journal. He is also co-editor of five peer-reviewed book series. He is the National Coordinator of Save the Kids, Executive Director of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and Director of Academy for Peace Education. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed book chapters or articles and over forty books; with two of his books translated in different languages.


  • Ph.D., Social Science, Syracuse University, 2011
  • M.S., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, International Conflict Management, Syracuse University, 2005
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, 2005
  • M.A., Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate, Mediation, Fresno Pacific University, 2002
  • B.A., Political Science, Pre-Law, and Public Administration, University of St. Thomas, 2000


  • U.S. Criminal Justice
  • Critical Terrorism Studies
  • Criminology
  • Transformative and Restorative Justice
  • Juvenile and Youth Justice
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Hip Hop Studies
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Law
  • Green Criminology
  • Social Justice Education
  • Race, Class, Ability, Gender, Sexuality and Crime

Course Coordinator

  • 1300 Introduction to Corrections
  • 2330 Juvenile Justice
  • 2410 Introduction to Victimology
  • 2460 Psychological Profiling
  • 2470 Introduction to Criminology
  • 2500 Contemporary Violence

Brett Terpstra, M.P.A.

Assistant Professor
Larry H. Miller Campus
Public Safety Education & Training Center, 270 E
Office: 801-957-5377

Brett Terpstra began college by enrolling in the Criminal Justice program at a local community college. At that time, he would have never imagined that he would eventually go on to serve as a Special Agent, investigating high-ranking members of the mafia, including Gambino crime family members and Capo’s Tommy “Sneakers” Cacciopoli, Nicholas “Little Nicky” Corozzo, Tommy “Monk” Sassano, and Vinny “Marbles” Dragonetti, among others. He has experience working on large, multi-jurisdictional investigative teams, investigating crimes ranging from drug distribution to extortion to labor racketeering to grand larceny to white-collar crimes, such as mortgage fraud. He was also a US Marine Corps Officer and has experience in military intelligence, including real-world operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He uses his experiences to enhance the learning experience of students at Salt Lake Community College.


  • Master of Public Administration with Specialization in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration; John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts; Deviant Behavior and Social Control; John Jay College of Criminal Justice


  • Criminal Investigations
  • Labor Racketeering
  • Task Force Operations
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Military Intelligence

Course Coordinator

  • 1330 Criminal Law
  • 1340 Criminal Investigations
  • 2350 Laws of Evidence
  • 2440 Organized Crime
  • 2490 Drug Trafficking
  • 2540 Careers in Criminal Justice and Criminology

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Contact us

For more information about this program, please contact us at 801-957-5330.

Associate Dean

Gary Cox
Phone: 801-957-5321

Program Manager

Julia Ellis
Phone: 801-957-5320

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 801-957-5333