Work with law enforcement officers to solve crimes. Work diligently to ensure the apprehension of the correct suspects and thoroughly analyze crime scenes to gather all relative evidence and information.


Interested in pursuing a career in law, law enforcement, probation, parole, corrections, or a security profession? Join the rank and file of the law enforcement careers academy today. 

In the Criminal Investigations class at Wheeler, for grade 12 only, you will study evidence collection, interview techniques and proper documentation. You will discuss various types of offenses and how they are investigated.

Each class invites numerous guest speakers and takes field trips. To enroll, you should possess personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment, integrity and a sense of responsibility. You are eligible to earn college credits for the successful completion of the class.


  • Vincennes University
  • Indiana State Police Academy
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Ball State University
  • Valparaiso University
  • Ivy Tech Community College


  • Police Officer
  • Detective
  • Special Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Private Detective
  • Security Consultant
  • Public Defender
  • Legal Secretary
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal



Mr. Hawkins is a retired detective captain from the Valparaiso Police Department. His undergraduate work was done at St. Joseph of Calumet and through the Valpo PD. He brings to his 11 years in the classroom 23 years of experience with the Valparaiso Police Department where he served as patrol officer, patrol sergeant, field training officer, gang crime unit officer, arson investigator, evidence technician and G.R.E.A.T. officer. He was a certified instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Management from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. In addition to his police training, he also is a graduate of the National Fire Academy. He was a member of the inaugural Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and was one of the first officers assigned with the Valparaiso Community Schools as a resource officer where he served for seven years. He was a practitioner for the National Association of School Resource Officers and is the current president of the Porter County Sheriff’s Merit Board. Mr. Hawkins is a self-taught musician and plays in a couple of classic rock cover bands. In fact, he has played in bands most of his life!

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