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Law and Public Safety Education Network
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster Model
Standards and Accountability Development Project: Introduction Course

The standards described here are designed to give states guidance in the development of state Law and Public Safety programs, standards and courses. 

In this introductory course, LAPSEN desired to design a broad range of standards. States can choose the standards that pertain to the program designs being implemented by the state. Time estimates can be adjusted to meet state program designs. Additionally, states may choose to have introduction courses in a single pathway, an introduction course pertaining to several pathways or an all-encompassing introduction course covering the whole of Law and Public Safety. This project is designed to give national guidance in each endeavor. 

When creating a state introduction course, states may use as few or as many standards listed here as they choose. What matters most is that each state create an introduction course that builds a proper foundation for their intermediate and advanced courses.


  • Course Name: Introduction to Law & Public Safety

  • Abbreviation: ILPS: (Section #) - (Standard #) - (Competency) 

  • Course Credit: 1 Carnegie Unit

  • Content Hours: 120-150

  • Grade(s): 9-12

  • Prerequisites: None

  • Course Description: Students will begin acquiring foundational knowledge in the areas of Law, Legal Services, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Response, Corrections, Dispatch, Forensics and Security. Students will explore career options in each of the fields. Students will master skills basic to each career area. 

  • Note: Each state should select the standards it chooses to adapt this list to its’ need. It is not expected that a state would select all the standards provided here. States can use a single standard from a section, several standards or the whole section as needed. 

Section 1: Common Content 

Standard 1: Student will demonstrate skills required for success in the workplace

Standard 2: Student will explore career options and requirements and well as demonstrate how to get a job.


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Standard 3: Student will be aware of the diversity of our nation and learn how to respectfully interact with a broad range of ethnicities, cultures and subgroups. 

Standard 4: Develop professionalism by participating in a CTSO 

Standard 5: Use appropriate techniques to resolve conflict and de-escalate situations 

Standard 6: Demonstrate ability to communicate professionally and document information using commonly used  law and public safety reports 

Standard 7: Apply ethical standards to Law and Public Safety scenarios 

Standard 8: Describe the management of law and public safety agencies and organizations

Standard 9: Explain how Law and Public Safety professional maintain safe work environments and stay healthy.

Section 2: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) 

CERT Materials from FEMA - Click Here 

Standard 1: Discuss disaster preparedness/emergency management agencies, including but not limited to: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizens Corps, and local state emergency management agencies.

Standard 2: Demonstrate the steps of Basic Life Support (BLS) and First Aid.

Standard 3: Identify the types of hazards likely to affect homes and communities and describe steps to prepare for emergencies.

Outside Resources:

LAPSEN Resources: 

  • Introduction to CERT and Disaster Preparedness by Fulton County Schools. Designed to be the first unit of the year in the Introduction course. - Click Here 

Standard 4: Describe the various origins of fires, classes of fires, and the correct means to extinguish each type of fire.

Standard 5: Analyze the components of search and rescue operations.

Standard 6: Evaluate techniques for managing intrapersonal reactions to crisis situations.

Standard 7: Examine common targets of terroristic attacks and the appropriate action following an attack.

Section 3: Civics 

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the United States Constitution.

Standard 2: Explain the rights given to citizens in the United States

Section 4: The Court System 

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the United States Court System today.

Standard 2: Differentiate the major parts of the court system.

Standard 3: Recognize the importance of the Supreme Court of the United States

Section 5: The Criminal Justice System    

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the development of the criminal justice system.

Standard 2: Explain the structure and purpose of the criminal justice system.

Standard 3: Describe how different parts of the criminal justice system measure effectiveness.

Section 6: The Juvenile System    

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the nature of the American juvenile system.

Standard 2: Critique the modern juvenile system. 

Section 7: Law Enforcement  

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the nature of law enforcement today.

Standard 2: Apply use of force options properly in given scenarios.

Standard 3: Demonstrate skills related to patrol activities. 

Standard 4: Apply basic traffic enforcement protocols 

Standard 5: Identify issues in contemporary policing. 

Standard 6: Demonstrate basic forensic techniques 

Section 8: Corrections   

Standard 1: Evaluate historical events that led to the correctional system today 

Standard 2: Describe the organization of jails and prisons from the local, state and federal levels. 

Standard 3: Identify the duties and responsibilities of correctional officers.

Standard 4: Identify issues in contemporary corrections.

Section 9: Law and Legal Services    

Standard 1: Differentiate between the key parts of a trial  


Standard 2: Participate in a criminal mock trial

Standard 3: Debate issues facing the court system today 

Section 10: Fire Science  

Standard 1: Discuss history of fire science


Standard 2: Describe safety issues that pertain to fire fighting 


Standard 3: Demonstrate basic firefighting skills 


Standard 4: Discuss fire behavior 


Standard 5: Examine fire prevention efforts 

Section 11: Emergency Medical Response    


Standard 1: Identify basic anatomy and bodily systems 

Standard 2: Describe safety concerns for medical responders 


Standard 3: Demonstrate critical care interventions 

Section 12: Security 

Standard 1:  Evaluate historical events that led to modern private security 


Standard 2: Assess the size and scope of private security.  


Standard 3: Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of private security to other areas of law and public safety 

Section 13: Forensics    


Standard 1: Demonstrate basic forensic techniques 


Standard 2: Explain legal principles applied to forensics


Standard 3: Process a crime scene

Section 14: Dispatch    


Standard 1:  Select proper communication techniques for a given emergency 


Standard 2: Explain how critical incident responses are conducted 


Standard 3: Identify methods to reduce stress in dispatch work 

Section 15: Homeland Security    


Standard 1:  Explain the history of homeland security 


Standard 2: Diagram homeland security agencies and organizations 


Standard 3: Identify major threats to homeland security

Additional Resources 

Hot Zone novel for improving literacy and science content

Outside Resources:

  • LitCharts with summary and unit breakdowns - Click Here

LAPSEN Resources: 

  • Lesson plans for teaching Hot Zone throughout a semester (usually first). Sections broken up in 15-20 page segments. Quiz questions included. By T. Washburn  - Click Here 


Actual Innocence novel for improving literacy and court reform content

Outside Resources:

LAPSEN Resources: 

  • Lesson plans for teaching Actual Innocence throughout a semester (usually second). Sections broken up in 20-40 page segments. Quiz questions included. By T. Washburn  - Click Here 

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