LAW ENFORCEMENT I & LAW ENFORCEMENT II, 2 elective credits (BOTH COURSES MUST BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT)
Law Enforcement I and II is an 18-week course
Law I includes: an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement, the influence of constitutional law on modern day policing, law enforcement terminology, the classification and elements of criminal law, arrest procedures, conflict resolution, use of force, interview/interrogation skills and substance abuse. Students will be required to debate, work in groups, make numerous presentations and participate in role playing. Certifications offered: Heartsaver CPR/AED through the American Heart Association and Active Shooter Response Certification through FEMA and ALERRT. Students will be required to participate in regular physical activities, that simulate the hiring process, such as running, pushups and sit-ups. An athletic physical is required. Fees and physical are due by the 1st week of class.
Law II provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. Students will learn the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in a career in law enforcement. Students will practice search and seizure techniques, vehicle searches, arrest procedures, fingerprinting and a brief defensive tactics overview. Students will learn and practice undercover policies, use of deadly force policy, and interview techniques. The students will practice testimony and courtroom procedures. Students will make presentations, work in small groups and participate in role playing activities. Students will be required to participate in regular physical activities, that simulate the hiring process, such as running, pushups and sit-ups. An athletic physical is required. Fees and physical are due by the 1st week of class.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION & FORENSIC SCIENCE, 1 Science credit and 1 Elective credit (BOTH COURSES MUST BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT)
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and 1 other science course
Recommended Prerequisites: Law Enforcement 1 and Law Enforcement II, Speech or Debate
Forensic Science may count as a fourth science for graduation requirements, if the student successfully completes Biology, Chemistry and 1 other science class before (or while) completing Forensic Science.
Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science is an 18-week course that uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative methods related to crime scene investigation, questioning, criminal behavior characteristics, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, trace evidence collection, ballistics, body fluid collection, and blood spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options available in forensic science. A $45.00 material and supply fee and a sports physical are required. Students may also be assessed a fee for field trips. Offered at the DJCC Only
PRINCIPLES OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY & COURT SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES, (BOTH COURSES MUST BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT)
PRINCIPLES OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS, AND SECURITY, 1 credit
Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security is a 9-week course that introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. Guest speakers from all agencies will share their experiences and provide insight into careers in law enforcement and emergency management services.
COURTS SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES, 1 credit
Prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. This advanced course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal procedures such as search and seizure, stop and frisk, and interrogation. Students will practice testimony through extensive mock trials, role playing and numerous group presentations and debates. Students may also be assessed a fee for field trips.
PRACTICUM IN LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY, 2 credits
Prerequisite: Law Enforcement II, Court Systems & Forensic Science
Students will be required to have reliable transportation to and from rotation sites. Students will also have to pass a sport physical prior to the class. A fee of approximately $20.00 for a mandatory drug screening will be assessed and testing will be completed on site. Parent/Guardian meeting will be required in advance of student participation. This course will allow advanced students in the Pre-Law cluster to intern within the Law Enforcement, Crime/Death Investigation, Court or Legal service providers in Denton, Tarrant, and Dallas County. Community placement will vary and rotation may be required to allow a well-rounded experience. Students must meet strict guidelines that govern community placement and placement is not a guarantee. All placements will be based upon DJCC Law Enforcement instructors’ recommendations or approval and the student having their own reliable transportation. Activities may require additional time outside of the school day.