Public Safety and Justice

  • Students enrolled in the Public Safety & Justice program will have the opportunity to explore law enforcement, security, corrections, emergency management and response, and firefighting careers. Many hands-on learning experiences will provide students with the opportunity to learn about evidence gathering, fingerprinting, fire control, emergency management and response techniques, emergency dispatching, emergency training and much more.


    About this program:


    • Successful Student Attributes: ability to follow directions without question, strong communication skills, ability to participate in physical training, positive attitude in dealing with others, mastery of basic science concepts and theories, foundational spatial reasoning skills 


    • Career Opportunities: Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Services, 911 Dispatcher, or Corrections


    • Program Length: Two years


    • Industry Alignment: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster: Law Enforcement Services Pathway; New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services – Security Guard Training; New York State Office of Homeland Security – Training Guidelines; Department of State – New York State Security Guard Curriculum; New York State Department of Health – Basic Emergency Medical Services Training; American Heart Association - First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (Adult, Child and Infant Standards); New York State Academy of Fire Science Recruit Firefighter Training Program; Stop The Bleed Training; Tactical Combat Casualty Care Training


    • Integrated Academic Coursework: Career and Financial Management (½ credit); Physical Education (½ credit per year); Science (½ credit per year); English (½ credit per year)


    • Graduation Pathways: 4+1 Pathway Option: Precision Exams - Criminal Justice I, CDOS Pathway


    Opportunities through this program:


    • College Credit Opportunities: Bryant & Stratton College; SUNY College of Technology at Delhi; Jefferson Community College


    • Credential Opportunities: American Heart Association - First Aid, CPR and AED (Adult, Child and Infant Certifications); NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services – Security Guard Certification; OSHA 10 Hours Safety Certification


    • Program Achievement Opportunities: Technical endorsement on graduation diploma and/or National Technical Honor Society 




    • Program Supplies, Materials, Assessments Provided: Dress Uniform (shirt, pants, belt), boots, PT t-shirt, Precision Exams – Criminal Justice I Exam



    • 12th Grade Reading Level Sample Text: The application of the law to actual cases is not always straightforward. Contemporary concerns in criminal law nearly always involve disagreements about how the law ought to be applied to new situations created by major incidents or by advancing technology. An analogous issue is the trend toward holding parents responsible for the criminal conduct of their children. In South Carolina, for example, a judge ordered a truant daughter and her mother to be tethered by a 2-foot rope. Thus far, parental responsibility laws have been created in response to school vandalism and shootings. In some states, parents are responsible for up to $300,000 in damages caused by their children. Criminal charges against parents are fewer, because they are difficult to prove. Nevertheless, a father was sentenced to sixty days in jail and paid a fine after his son gave vodka to underage girls in his home while the father was asleep. The boundary between young people's personal responsibility for conduct and the responsibility to be shared by parents is still being debated. (Criminal Justice, Year 1 textbook)


    • Sample Vocabulary: decontamination, topography, combustion, circumstantial evidence, adjudication


    • Sample ELA Writing Prompt: Give an example of a specific action or statement made by a defense attorney in a well-known case that leads you to believe that the attorney was acting inappropriately. In what sense was the behavior inappropriate? Defend your position.


    • Sample Science Question: Compare methods used to suppress bulk transport vehicle fires and flammable gas incidents.


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