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Law Enforcement

The Public Safety program of study is a four-level program that includes five courses designed to familiarize students with legal concepts and review essential cases in constitutional law. The Public Safety curriculum is designed to promote learning, trigger critical thinking, and expose students to complex theories and practices in today’s law enforcement industry. The program’s curriculum is complemented by relevant work-based learning opportunities that expand their understanding, increase their engagement, and broaden their awareness of the industry and career possibilities within it.

Course Sequence:

Level I- Public Safety I: Intro to Law, Public Safety and Security (1.0)

  • Students will develop an understanding of law and public safety careers through research and hands-on student projects.
  • Students will explore the wide variety of everyday implications of the law and ethical issues in their own lives. 

Level II-Public Safety II: Foundations in Law & Justice and  Intro to Street Law (1.0)

  • Students will become familiar with the U.S. legal and law-enforcement systems, their philosophical and historical foundations, issues of power and fairness, and mechanisms for advocacy and policy; and will explore related careers. 
  • The course introduces students to fundamental legal concepts relating to individual rights and responsibilities and the U.S. legal system.
  • Students learn about U.S. court systems and processes, criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional and human rights, among other topics. 

Level III- Investigations and Criminal Justice Systems (1.0) 

  • Students are introduced to the study of crime and criminal investigators. Students will be introduced to the steps and considerations involved in an actual criminal investigation as well as other factors that affect the way investigations are performed.  
  • Students learn about the U.S. Constitution and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution.
  • Students read important cases in constitutional law and study how the Constitution affects their lives as young people and society at large.  

Schools offering Law Enforcement

Anacostia High School


Associated Industry Jobs/Careers:

  • Correctional Officers
  • Government Lawyers
  • Judges
  • Paralegals
  • Police Officers
  • Private-Practice Lawyers
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Associated College Majors:

  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Emergency Management/Homeland Security
  • Forensic Science
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Science
  • Prelaw Studies
  • Sociology
Associated Industry Certifications: 

  • First Aid and CPR