Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Life in the twenty-first century would not be possible without police officers, paramedics, firefighters, attorneys, corrections officers or security guards. In this course, students will learn about the many careers that exist within the fields of law, law enforcement, public safety, corrections, and security. Besides learning about the training and educational requirements for these careers, students will explore the history of these fields and how they developed to their current state. Students will also learn how these careers are affected by and affect local, state, and federal laws. Finally, students will examine the relationships between professionals in these fields and how collaborations between professionals in these careers help to create a safer, more stable society.

  • Law Enforcement Career Paths, their History and their Role in Society: This unit focuses on law enforcement careers, the history of law enforcement in the United States and the role that law enforcement plays in society.
  • Careers in Corrections: This unit explores careers in the corrections fields, including the history of prisons and jails and the nature of probation and parole in the correction fields.
  • American Criminal Law and Legal Services: This unit focuses on American criminal law and legal services, including historical aspects of this field and current career opportunities.
  • Public Safety Services: This unit focuses on public safety services, including firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) and the history of those fields.
  • Private Security Career Paths, their History and Legal Development of Security Services: This unit focuses on the private security field, including the development of this field, the laws that pertain to it and the careers that are available in this field.

For this course, students should know that:

  • there are many available careers in the law enforcement, public safety, corrections, and security fields.
  • these careers have diverse career paths that combine educational and physical requirements with high standards for training.
  • these careers are directly impacted by local, state, and federal laws

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
Course Length: Semester