Welcome to the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Career Cluster!
Instructor: Jeffrey Lane
The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) Career Cluster is comprised of three levels (courses) taught over a three year period:
Introduction to Criminal Justice - Year 1
Introduction to Criminal Justice is the entry level for the career pathway. The course will address seventeen specific standards established by the Georgia Department of Education. The standards range from developing employability skills, evaluating careers in LPSCS, cultural issues affecting the field, conflict resolution, policy and management of LPSCS agencies, constitutional law, report writing, ethical and legal responsibilities in LPSCS professions, disaster preparedness, and terrorism among others. The Georgia state standards can be viewed at the link below:
Criminal Justice Essentials - Year 2
Criminal Justice Essentials is the second year course that builds on the foundations established in year 1. The prerequisite for this course is completion of Introduction to Criminal Justice. CJ Essentials will address twelve specific standards established by the Georgia Department of Education. Topics addressed in this course include the development of a personal education and career plan, origins and historical influences on the criminal justice system, the court system and process of a criminal trial, components of criminal law, constitutional standards applicable to criminal procedure, ethical application of law enforcement skills, police patrol operations, community interaction, and the US corrections system. The Georgia state standards for this course can be viewed at the link below:
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation - Year 3
Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation is the third and final course in the LPSCS career cluster. Prerequisites for this course are completion of Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Essentials. This course will address ten specific standards established by the Georgia Department of Education. Topics addressed in this course include basic concepts of forensic science, methods of medico-legal investigations of death, application of the concept of physics, chemistry, and biology to criminal investigation (blood spatter, ballistics, blood evidence, DNA, estimating time of death), crime scene investigation and proper crime scene protocols. The Georgia state standards for this course can be viewed at the link below:
The courses are taught via instructor guided discussion, hands-on practical exercises, role-play, group projects, as well as individual work. Practical exercises and hands-on activities include basic and high-risk vehicle pullovers, handcuffing techniques, field interrogations, approach and search of suspects, traffic accident investigation, mock field sobriety tests, mock court hearings and trial, report writing exercises, interviews and interrogation techniques, microscopic examination of trace evidence (hair, fibers, etc.), blood spatter analysis, fingerprint classification, impression casting, and mock crime scene investigation.