Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Law & Public Safety

Recommended Course Sequence


Law Enforcement Course Flowchart
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Potential Certifications

Students must meet specific criteria to qualify to test for these certifications.

National Emergency Communications Certification 9-1-1 (NECC) via Professional Pride Inc.
(Offered within Practicum in Law and Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Course)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) via CareerSafe Online
(Offered within Practicum in Law and Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Course)

 

 

Course Descriptions
 

PRINCIPLES OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS, AND SECURITY

Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security introduces students to professions in law enforcement, protective services, corrections, firefighting, and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, protective services, and corrections.

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

In Correctional Services, students prepare for certification required for employment as a municipal, county, state, or federal correctional officer. Students will learn the role and responsibilities of a county or municipal correctional officer; discuss relevant rules, regulations, and laws of municipal, county, state, or federal facilities; and discuss defensive tactics, restraint techniques, and first aid procedures as used in the municipal, county, state, or federal correctional setting. Students will analyze rehabilitation and alternatives to institutionalization for inmates.

COURT SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES

Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal procedures such as search and seizure, stop and frisk, and interrogation.
 

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Criminal Investigation is a course that introduces students to the profession of criminal investigations. Students will understand basic functions of criminal investigations and procedures and will learn how to investigate or follow up during investigations. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to criminal investigation, crime scene processing, evidence collection, fingerprinting, and courtroom presentation. Through case studies and simulated crime scenes, students will collect and analyze evidence such as fingerprint analysis, bodily fluids, hairs, fibers, shoe and tire impressions, bite marks, drugs, tool marks, firearms and ammunition, blood spatter, digital evidence, and other types of evidence.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

Forensic Science is a course that introduces students to the application of science to connect a violation of law to a specific criminal, criminal act, or behavior and victim. Students will learn terminology and procedures related to the search and examination of physical evidence in criminal cases as they are performed in a typical crime laboratory. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence such as fingerprints, bodily fluids, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, and cartridge cases. Students will also learn the history and the legal aspects as they relate to each discipline of forensic science. Scientific methods of investigation can be experimental, descriptive, or comparative. The method chosen should be appropriate to the question being asked. 
Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program.
 

FORENSIC SCIENCE (HONORS)

This course covers the same concepts as Forensic Science. The content is studied in greater depth and may include additional topics. This course is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in law, public safety, corrections, and security occupations.
Note: This course satisfies a science credit requirement for students on the Foundation High School Program.
 

LAW ENFORCEMENT I

Law Enforcement I is an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Students will understand the role of constitutional law at local, state, and federal levels; the U.S. legal system; criminal law; and law enforcement terminology and the classification and elements of crime.
 

LAW ENFORCEMENT II

Law Enforcement II provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. Students will understand ethical and legal responsibilities, patrol procedures, first responder roles, telecommunications, emergency equipment operations, and courtroom testimony. 
 

PRACTICUM IN LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS, AND SECURITY

The practicum course is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills in law, public safety, corrections, and security. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.  
 

STC DUAL ENROLLMENT CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY (DECJA)

This Academy is designed to encourage area high school students into the criminal justice professions by providing college course-work and opportunities that will motivate, educate, and prepare students for higher education in the field of criminal justice. With the support of the local law enforcement professionals, the Dual Enrollment Criminal Justice Academy (DECJA) will promote and participate in efforts that will reinforce the schools' and communities' commitment to prepare students for careers in criminal justice. Contact your school Counselor for more information on how to enroll into this program.


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