The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment relating to emergency and fire services, legal services, protective services, and homeland security.
- Handle real-world situations involving ethics and professional code of conduct
- Gain an understanding of basic criminal, civil, and constitutional law
- Implement conflict resolution strategies
- Learn about the structure of the government and the court system
- Apply skills for CPR, use of an AED, airway obstruction and first aid
- Understand pre-trial and post-trial procedures, jury selection, and examinations
- Meet Our Instructors-
Mr. Randall McDowell (Cedartown Campus)
Mr. McDowell graduated from Cedartown High School in 1992 after which he attended and graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1996. He has a Bachelor’s of Science and a minor in Forensic Science. He worked as a Patrolman for the City of Atlanta from 1997 to 2002. He moved on to begin working for the Polk County Police Department from 2002 to 2011. He served as a Patrolman, School Resource Officer and an Investigator during this time. He has worked at Cedartown High School since 2012.
Ms. Erika Bailey (Rockmart/Cedartown Campus)
Ms. Bailey served as a sworn police officer for five years with the city of Powder Springs. During this time she served as Sergeant over Community Outreach and was at the head of a variety of programs such as D.A.R.E., S.A.V.E. and Neighborhood Watch. She also assisted elite officials including the Chief of Police and the Mayor. She went on to work at East Cobb Middle School as the ISS teacher after which she transferred to Pope High School where she taught Law & Justice for four years.
Mr. Ryan Evans (Cedartown Campus - Middle School)
Mr. Courtney Hammock (Rockmart Campus - Middle School)
Law Enforcement Services - Criminal Investigations
-Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
-Criminal Justice Essentials
Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security: This course is the pre-requisite for all other courses within the Career Cluster. This course provides students with career-focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program), basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law. Career planning and employability skills will be emphasized.
Criminal Justice Essentials: This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Students will become immersed in criminal and constitutional law and will review basic law enforcement skills. The course ends with a mock trial to provide participants with a first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. The course will also provide in-depth competencies and components for the co-curricular SkillsUSA student organization that should be incorporated throughout instructional strategies of the course.
Criminal Investigations: This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the basic processes and principles of a criminal investigation. Students will learn the legal responsibilities and challenges of the patrol officer, investigator, and crime scene technician at a crime scene. Students will learn the importance of preserving and documenting the crime scene along with the identification, collection, and processing of evidence and the contribution to the criminal investigation.