Law and Public Safety Courses

This first course in the Criminal Justice pathway traces the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Students will study criminal behavior and apply constitutional and criminal law to crime and punishment. Students will learn law enforcement terminology, classifications and elements of crime, and how various court systems are used to judge and punish offenders.

In this course, students will learn the skills necessary to prevent, detect and react to crime. Students will learn self-defense and subject control techniques, methods to conduct patrols, surveillance, and traffic procedures. Students will understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of police officers on patrol. Additionally, students will learn the operations of police and emergency telecommunication systems.

Forensic Science uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes including assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death and homicide. Students will learn the psychology of criminal behavior and apply it to investigative procedures. Students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis.

Homeland Security, students will learn techniques to secure and protect America's people and infrastructure from natural and manmade disaster. Students will look at a range of issues including cyber security, intelligence gathering, and local emergency planning that can be applied in their own community. Students will also learn to manage critical incidents thought training in National Incident Management and the Incident Command System. Student will complete multiple FEMA certifications in this course.