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Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement (Public Safety) CTE program of study is a four-level program that includes courses designed to familiarize students with legal concepts and review essential cases in constitutional law. The 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: 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.

Level II: 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.

Level III: 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

Level IV: 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, as internship, apprenticeship, or capstone.

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