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Law and Public Safety Education Network
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster Model
Standards and Accountability Development Project: Introduction Course
The standards described here are designed to give states guidance in the development of state Law and Public Safety programs, standards and courses.
In this introductory course, LAPSEN desired to design a broad range of standards. States can choose the standards that pertain to the program designs being implemented by the state. Time estimates can be adjusted to meet state program designs. Additionally, states may choose to have introduction courses in a single pathway, an introduction course pertaining to several pathways or an all-encompassing introduction course covering the whole of Law and Public Safety. This project is designed to give national guidance in each endeavor.
When creating a state introduction course, states may use as few or as many standards listed here as they choose. What matters most is that each state create an introduction course that builds a proper foundation for their intermediate and advanced courses.
- Course Name: Introduction to Law & Public Safety
- Abbreviation: ILPS: (Section #) – (Standard #) – (Competency)
- Course Credit: 1 Carnegie Unit
- Content Hours: 120-150
- Grade(s): 9-12
- Prerequisites: None
- Course Description: Students will begin acquiring foundational knowledge in the areas of Law, Legal Services, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Response, Corrections, Dispatch, Forensics and Security. Students will explore career options in each of the fields. Students will master skills basic to each career area.
- Note: Each state should select the standards it chooses to adapt this list to its’ need. It is not expected that a state would select all the standards provided here. States can use a single standard from a section, several standards or the whole section as needed.
Section 1: Common Content
Standard 1: Student will demonstrate skills required for success in the workplace
Standard 2: Student will explore career options and requirements and well as demonstrate how to get a job.
- Youscience (some states have subscriptions):
- Careers in L.E. by K. Johnson – Click Here
Standard 3: Student will be aware of the diversity of our nation and learn how to respectfully interact with a broad range of ethnicities, cultures and subgroups.
Standard 4: Develop professionalism by participating in a CTSO
Standard 5: Use appropriate techniques to resolve conflict and de-escalate situations
Standard 6: Demonstrate ability to communicate professionally and document information using commonly used law and public safety reports
Standard 7: Apply ethical standards to Law and Public Safety scenarios
Standard 8: Describe the management of law and public safety agencies and organizations
Standard 9: Explain how Law and Public Safety professional maintain safe work environments and stay healthy.
Section 2: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
CERT Materials from FEMA – Click Here
Standard 1: Discuss disaster preparedness/emergency management agencies, including but not limited to: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizens Corps, and local state emergency management agencies.
Standard 2: Demonstrate the steps of Basic Life Support (BLS) and First Aid.
Standard 3: Identify the types of hazards likely to affect homes and communities and describe steps to prepare for emergencies.
- FEMA Are You Ready guide to preparedness – https://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf
- FEMA Ready – https://www.ready.gov/
- Introduction to CERT and Disaster Preparedness by Fulton County Schools. Designed to be the first unit of the year in the Introduction course. – Click Here
Standard 4: Describe the various origins of fires, classes of fires, and the correct means to extinguish each type of fire.
Standard 5: Analyze the components of search and rescue operations.
Standard 6: Evaluate techniques for managing intrapersonal reactions to crisis situations.
Standard 7: Examine common targets of terroristic attacks and the appropriate action following an attack.
Section 3: Civics
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the United States Constitution.
Standard 2: Explain the rights given to citizens in the United States
Section 4: The Court System
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the United States Court System today.
Standard 2: Differentiate the major parts of the court system.
Standard 3: Recognize the importance of the Supreme Court of the United States
Section 5: The Criminal Justice System
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the development of the criminal justice system.
Standard 2: Explain the structure and purpose of the criminal justice system.
Standard 3: Describe how different parts of the criminal justice system measure effectiveness.
Section 6: The Juvenile System
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the nature of the American juvenile system.
Standard 2: Critique the modern juvenile system.
Section 7: Law Enforcement
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the nature of law enforcement today.
Standard 2: Apply use of force options properly in given scenarios.
Standard 3: Demonstrate skills related to patrol activities.
Standard 4: Apply basic traffic enforcement protocols
Standard 5: Identify issues in contemporary policing.
Standard 6: Demonstrate basic forensic techniques
Section 8: Corrections
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the correctional system today
Standard 2: Describe the organization of jails and prisons from the local, state and federal levels.
Standard 3: Identify the duties and responsibilities of correctional officers.
Standard 4: Identify issues in contemporary corrections.
Section 9: Law and Legal Services
Standard 1: Differentiate between the key parts of a trial
Standard 2: Participate in a criminal mock trial
Standard 3: Debate issues facing the court system today
Section 10: Fire Science
Standard 1: Discuss history of fire science
Standard 2: Describe safety issues that pertain to fire fighting
Standard 3: Demonstrate basic firefighting skills
Standard 4: Discuss fire behavior
Standard 5: Examine fire prevention efforts
Section 11: Emergency Medical Response
Standard 1: Identify basic anatomy and bodily systems
Standard 2: Describe safety concerns for medical responders
Standard 3: Demonstrate critical care interventions
Section 12: Security
Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to modern private security
Standard 2: Assess the size and scope of private security.
Standard 3: Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of private security to other areas of law and public safety
Section 13: Forensics
Standard 1: Demonstrate basic forensic techniques
Standard 2: Explain legal principles applied to forensics
Standard 3: Process a crime scene
Section 14: Dispatch
Standard 1: Select proper communication techniques for a given emergency
Standard 2: Explain how critical incident responses are conducted
Standard 3: Identify methods to reduce stress in dispatch work
Section 15: Homeland Security
Standard 1: Explain the history of homeland security
Standard 2: Diagram homeland security agencies and organizations
Standard 3: Identify major threats to homeland security
Hot Zone novel for improving literacy and science content
LitCharts with summary and unit breakdowns – Click Here
- Lesson plans for teaching Hot Zone throughout a semester (usually first). Sections broken up in 15-20 page segments. Quiz questions included. By T. Washburn – Click Here
Actual Innocence novel for improving literacy and court reform content
- Summary of Actual Innocence – Click Here
- Lesson plans for teaching Actual Innocence throughout a semester (usually second). Sections broken up in 20-40 page segments. Quiz questions included. By T. Washburn – Click Here