The Tewksbury Police Department’s Pathways to Criminal Justice Class is a full semester course at Tewksbury Memorial High School which was established in the 2021-2022 School Year. The course is offered as an elective for Tewksbury Memorial High School students who have an interest in criminal justice, want to learn more about criminal justice, and/or may be interested in a career in criminal justice.
Throughout the duration of the class students participate in an accredited online Introduction to Criminal Justice course which is coupled with in person lessons and presentations. Students learn about the operations of the Tewksbury Police Department as well as the different roles and assignments in the department, receiving instruction from the Criminal Bureau Detectives, K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Drone Unit, Narcotics Unit and the Patrol Division. Through interagency partnerships we have also been fortunate to provide students with in person classes taught by the FBI, DEA, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and various NEMLEC units. In addition to this, students learn about how to pursue a career in the criminal justice field. Many students have gone on to secure internships and senior project placements as a result of their participation in this class.