Law Enforcement and Public Safety Curriculum

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    Law Enforcement and Public Safety 1    
    5 Credits, Grade 9
    Students will engage in interactive class lectures, simulations and independent and group projects as they explore each unit. Each activity and/or unit will be supported by visiting guest speakers and appropriate field trips. Students should be proficient in reading, writing, public speaking and creative problem-solving. 

    Law Enforcement and Public Safety 2  
    5 Credits, Grade 10
    LEPS 2 is the academy’s introduction to law enforcement and firefighting. Students will receive firsthand knowledge of police and firefighting by engaging in field trips to departments and receiving training and certification in Incident Command, and Introduction to firefighting. The course will also focus on the history, structure, technological evolution, and current issues in each area of the four areas of the academy. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and disciplined listeners. Students will be expected to follow designated discipline policies. This will give them an understanding of the rank structure that is part of public safety employment, and will help them prepare for future job opportunities. 

    Honors Law Enforcement and Public Safety 3  
    5 Credits, Grade 12
    LEPS 3 Honors is designed as the culminating course for the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Career Academy with the intent to synthesize the content, experiences, and skills identified and reinforced in previous LEPS courses. Students will be engaged in self-reflection and career/college planning while earning certifications in more extensive public safety issues, engaged in relevant real-world situations that require critical, analytical and synthesizing skills as well as effective communication and cooperation skills, and engaged with numerous public safety professionals who will share their knowledge and skills and support students’ academic and professional growth. There are six units of study, each building upon the previous unit with experiential learning opportunities. All unit goals and essential questions are directly linked to the standards prescribed in the New Jersey Career and Technical Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. 

    Forensic Lab Science   
    5 Credits, Grade 11
    Students enrolled in the LEPS Forensic Science course will extend their knowledge of criminology by engaging in scientific investigations requiring forensic analysis of collected evidence in laboratory settings. Forensic analysis will require an understanding of physical, biological and chemical sciences. 

    Health 1 
    1.25 Credits, Grade 9
    LEPS Health Education 1 is the first of four Health courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will be able to make informed and educated decisions regarding sexual health, reproduction, sexual identity, nutrition, and drugs and alcohol. Students will have an understanding of how self-esteem and respect are essential characteristics to any healthy relationships. 

    Health 2 Safety   
    1.25 Credits, Grade 10
    The LEPS Health 2 Safety course is the second of four Health courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will gain an awareness of the driving task and the responsibilities that accompany it. The course will raise the student’s level of awareness about driver impairment and that when driving impaired they may not be able to drive safely. Students will develop an understanding of the impact that natural forces have concerning driving. They learn to identify hazardous conditions and react appropriately to avoid or minimize problems. Students will develop an attitude of safe, courteous, and defensive driving. 

    Health 3  
    1.25 Credits, Grade 11
    LEPS Health Education 3 is the third of four Health courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will undergo American Red Cross training in Emergency Response for one marking period. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators and disciplined listeners. 

    Health 4  
    1.25 Credits, Grade 12
    LEPS Health Education 4 is the fourth of four Health courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will be able to make informed and educated decisions regarding sexual health, reproduction and sexual identity. Students will have an understanding of how self-esteem and respect are essential characteristics of any healthy relationship. 

    Physical Education 1   
    3.75 Credits, Grade 9
    LEPS Physical Education 1, the first of four physical education courses, is designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will undergo physical training exercises for three marking periods. Meetings, tutorials, and guest speaker presentations will be as needed throughout the year. Drill and ceremony exercises will be once a week for the whole year. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators and disciplined listeners. 

    Physical Education 2   
    3.75 Credits, Grade 10
    LEPS Physical Education 2 is the second of four physical education courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will undergo physical training exercises for three marking periods. Meetings, tutorials, and guest speaker presentations will be as needed throughout the year. Drill and ceremony exercises will be once a week for the whole year. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators and disciplined listeners. 

    Physical Education 3  
    3.75 Credits, Grade 11
    LEPS Physical Education 3 is the third of four courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will undergo physical training exercises for three marking periods. Meetings, tutorials, and guest speaker presentations will be as needed throughout the year. Drill and ceremony exercises will be two times a month for the whole year. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and disciplined listeners. 

    Physical Education 4  
    3.75 Credits, Grade 12
    LEPS Physical Education 4 is the final physical education courses designed to engage students in preparing for the physical and mental requirements of law enforcement agencies and firefighting and other public service programs such as Homeland Security. Students completing this course will undergo physical training exercises for three marking periods. Meetings, tutorials, and guest speaker presentations will be as needed throughout the year. Drill and ceremony exercises will be two times a month for the whole year. Each learning experience will require students to be active participants, critical thinkers, effective communicators and disciplined listeners.