Law Enforcement Field Services

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.


  • Introduce the student to the field of law enforcement.
  • Explain the role of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies within the community.
  • Discuss the scope of the authority local police have, and compare it with the scope of authority of federal officials.
  • Explain the importance of communication and information sharing between different law enforcement agencies.
  • Describe different communications protocols.
  • Describe law enforcement’s disaster response plan on the local, county, state and federal levels.
  • Compare different types of crime
  • Differentiate between crimes against an individual, crimes against property and crimes against the community.
  • Compare the U.S. Code of Law and the Uniform Military Code of Justice and describe the procedures and agencies who investigate violations of each.
  • Describe how new technologies, computer networks and widespread Internet use have revolutionized the field of law enforcement.
  • Identify career options in the field of law enforcement, explain the education and background requirements for each option, and design a personalized preliminary career plan.

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, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security
Course Length: Semester