Grade level 11-12. May be taken 2 times with a grade of “C” or better to advance.
Prerequisites: Good reading and writing skills recommended.
Public Safety and Security students learn to work as part of a professional criminal justice team. Students will study the history of the criminal justice system, the three components: law enforcement, courts, and corrections, and how they work together, as well as the various role expectations within those three components. In addition to legal terminology, students will also study basic interview techniques, crime scene investigation including photography, basic fingerprinting techniques, report writing, courtroom presentation and basic firearms safety.
Second semester students will be learning through scenario-based training in preparation for Skills USA competitions in Criminal Justice or CSI.
Students in this program are evaluated on the basis of attendance, professionalism, mastery of skills, written test scores, daily progress and community work service. Community work service is a requirement with 20 hours of activities preferably related to law enforcement, law, corrections or security. Certain class projects can be used as community work service hours. This class includes guest speakers and related field trips.
Come get your CSI on and prepare for any criminal justice career like Officer Ben Merkouris (above) did.
Credits and Certifications
1.0 Elective, .5 Social Studies
CPR/First Aid Certification
Tech prep available
Teena Calkin - Instructor
Ms. Calkin has a Type M Teaching Certificate and is a certified Medic First Aid CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. She has spent 3 years as a loss prevention officer, 10+ years SOA DOC probation/parole, 5 years Law Enforcement Explorers, 16 years Court Appointed Special Advocate and has over 250 hours of varied training in criminal justice. She pursues ongoing training in the FBI Citizens Academy. Her interests are in classic cars, scuba diving, cooking, her rural cabin, her husband and son.