• Life LinkLaw Enforcement/Criminal Justice
    Human Services Path
    Program Description
    The Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice program will explore the institutions of police, courts, and corrections. Students will examine how people and their rights are protected, the apprehension of suspects, crime prevention, and the partnership between various agencies. The safety and well being of our nation's citizens depends on those responsible for enforcing laws and regularities. The opportunity for public service through law enforcement presents a challenge that involves personal responsibility.
    Writing and critical-thinking skills will be developed throughout the course by class discussion, student presentations, and small-group activities. Guest speakers will provide information on their areas of expertise. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills through active participation. 
    Career-Related Skills
    • The structure and process of criminal justice
    • Criminal law and how the U.S. Constitution applies
    • Criminal court structure
    • Selected criminal and traffic laws
    • The impact of crime on victims and victims' rights
    • CPR certification
    • First Aid certification
    • Teamwork development
    • Law enforcement career exploration
    • Current law enforcement issues
    Career Outlook
    Due to a more security-conscious society, concern about crime contributes to the increasing demand for law enforcement services. Potential careers include:
    • Police officer
    • Sheriff and deputy sheriff
    • State police/state patrol
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • U.S. Marshall
    • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Probation officer
    • Correction officer
    • Social service
    • Department of Natural Resources
    College credit may be earned in some programs with an A or B grade in a program course and enrollment in a partnering college. For registration information, contact your high school counselor.