Grade 15 - Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Law Enforcement Field Services (Credit: 0.50)

The Introduction to Law Enforcement Services course will introduce students to the field of law enforcement and the local, county, state, and federal laws that law enforcement personnel are sworn to uphold. The student will also gain an understanding of the career options available in this field and the skills, education, and background experience needed to succeed in these careers.

Students will learn about the evolution of the role of law enforcement in the United States and the interplay between individual freedoms and the government"�s need to protect the country. They will also learn about key changes affecting law enforcement following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including the creation of new laws, the restructuring of many departments within the federal government, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Students will learn about the interaction between local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The lessons will emphasize the importance of interagency communication and information sharing. Students will learn about the technological advances and new federal programs that aid cooperation between agencies.

Students will also learn about the types of crime that are commonly committed and the procedures, evidence collection techniques, and technological advances that law enforcement personnel use to investigate them. Students will learn how the development of computers and the Internet has changed the way many crimes are committed. They will also learn how investigators address the resulting increased globalization of criminal activity.