Law Enforcement Field Services

Law Enforcement Field Services Course OverviewThe 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.

  • A Tradition of Safe Communities: This unit focuses on the history of law enforcement in the United States and the differences between the responsibilities of local, country, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.•Local and State Law Enforcement: This unit explores the background requirements needed for a career in local, county, and state law enforcement and the training options available for various positions. It also investigates the daily responsibilities of local, county, and state law enforcement officers and their role in disaster situations.
  • Federal Law Enforcement: This unit describes the history and scope of the authority of federal law enforcement agencies. It also examines the role of various federal agencies and the similarities and differences between civilian and military investigative agencies.
  • Crime and Criminals: This unit explores the distinction between crimes against an individual, crimes against property, and crimes against a community. It also investigates the relationship between constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and the government’s need to protect the community.
  • 21st Century Policing: In this unit, students learn about the technological advances that have revolutionized how law enforcement agents enforce laws, investigate crimes, and protect the public. It also explores the educational requirements for a career in law enforcement and the additional training required to work in specialized areas. 

For the topics and assignments in this course, it will be helpful for the student to have a general understanding of the structure of the federal government and the relationship between local, county, state, and federal governments. He or she should have the ability to communicate thoughts in written and oral form and be able to use factual data to defend an opinion. It will also be useful for the student to be familiar with conducting online research and be able to evaluate the credibility of online sources. If a student is not comfortable assessing the credibility of online sources, information on this topic can be found on a variety of educational websites, including:

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