Law Enforcement

  • COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    Intoduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

    The pre-requisite for all other courses within the Career Cluster.This course provides students with career-focused
    educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights
    and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communication with
    diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program),
    basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law. Career planning and employability skills will
    be emphasized.

    Criminal Justice Essentials

    Provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Starting with historical perspectives of the origin of the
    system, the course reviews the overall structure. Students will become immersed in criminal and constitutional
    law and will review basic law enforcement skills. The course will also provide in-depth competencies and
    components for the co-curriculur SkillsUSA student organization that should be incorporated throughout
    instructional strategies of the course. Participation in additional student organizations that align with Law, Public
    Safety, Corrections and Security pathways is encouraged to enhance standards addressed in the curriculum.

    Forensic Science and Criminal Investigations

    A course designed to contextualize scientific principles within the career studies of students interested in criminal
    justice. The course will utilize scientific equipment; therefore, instructors should have access to a science lab if
    their Career and Technical Education lab is not equipped. Students will study the forensic appliucation of
    principles of chemistry, biology, physics and other diciplines. Students will utilize chromatography,
    electrophoresis, microscopic observation, and other scientific techniques in their studies. Students will also learn
    some investigative techniques and crime investigation skills through the lens of the scientific method.

    Forensic Science

    The Forensic Science curriculum is designed to build upon science concepts and to apply science to the
    investigation of crime scenes. It serves as a fourth year of science for graduation and may serve in selected Career
    Technology programs. Students will learn the scientific protocols for analyzing a crime scene, how to use
    chemical and physical separation methods to isolate and identify materials, how to analyze biological evidence
    and the criminal use of tools, including impressions from firearms, tool marks, arson, and explosive evidence.