Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    This course introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, fire and emergency management services.  Students will examine roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security and protective agencies, fire and emergency services.  This course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire services, security and corrections.  Students will learn and understand the history and development of Criminal Law, the various roles that fall under the umbrella of Law Enforcement (Federal, State and Local agencies), as well as the roles, processes and procedures of the Court system.  Students will learn about and understand the various aspects of private security and corrections, fire protection and emergency management.  Students will understand the skills needed to pursue a career within the Criminal Justice field, to include on-the-job training offered and the job market in society today.

    The intent of this course is to provide a framework for understanding how the criminal justice system does and should work.  The criminal justice system affects everyone in some form or another, and as such, students are expected to think critically about the issues presented in the text and during class discussion.

    Law Enforcement 1

    This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the many facets of the criminal justice system.  In this course, special emphasis will be given to areas of policing, courts, and corrections.  Students can be expected to learn about and understand the structure of the American Criminal Justice System including the relationships between federal, state and local units of government; to learn about and understand the relationships between criminal justice policy and due process; to learn about and understand the functions and interrelationships of the major components of the criminal justice system; to learn about and understand the concepts of defensive tactics, handcuffing and how they play an important role in the criminal justice system; to learn about and understand the differences in criminal and civil law and how it applies to law enforcement, corrections and security; to learn about and understand juvenile and family law, along with many different facets of the Health and Safety Code, Alcoholic Beverage Code or other law related education.  The students will also learn and understand the role and approach Law Enforcement takes on Gang Activity, Domestic Violence, Tactical Situations, Interview and Interrogation, Hostage Situations, and Driving While Intoxicated.  Students will understand how to use Lidar and Radar within and outside a police vehicle, as well as understanding how to conduct Accident investigation, initial and follow up investigations and the importance of physical fitness in this profession.

     Court Systems and Practices
    Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The 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. The class will be hands-on, interactive and fun.  We will participate in discussions, perform real-world scenarios and examine different case studies.
    Classroom Rules
    Classroom policies are to show respect for others, respect for yourself, respect for property, respect for the learning environment and teacher permission for computer/technology usage. Students are expected to follow the Grapevine Colleyville ISD Student Code of Conduct guidelines. 
    Classroom Procedures
    • Enter the classroom quietly.
    • Get your journal/notebook and take a seat in your assigned table.
    • Check the board for the Critical Thinking Bell Ringer.
    • Focus on your task (bell ringer), remaining silent until you are instructed to do otherwise.  
    Required Materials
    • (1) 2” 3-ring Binder
    • Notebook Paper
    • Pens (Black OR Blue, AND Red) / Pencils
    • Notebook (1-subject minimum)
    • Signature of student and guardian on the following forms: (Liability Waiver, Handcuffing Permission Form)
    Grading Policy
    • Since this is a level course, 40% of your overall grade will be summative assessments (tests, projects and certain labs) and 60% of the grade will be formative assessments (quizzes, homework, participation and professionalism).