HILLSDALE, MI. 49242

    Course Name: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    Instructor: Matt Duff

    Course Description:
    This is a two year program designed for 11th & 12th grade students who desire both preparation and knowledge of entry level skills and information necessary for employment in security, law enforcement, corrections and fire science.


    Course Objectives:
    Students who successfully complete this course with a 'C' or better will have begun their journey towards a career in one of the many fields available in Public Safety. This course is articulated with Jackson Area Community College, Baker College & Ferris State University. Students will get a realistic view of the demands placed on the personnel who choose to make Public Safety their career. Students completing this course will have career based understanding to match their personal interests, abilities and career goals.

    Class Segments:
    1.  Pre
    2.  Organizational Structure
    3. Professional Standards including Ethics and Legal Responsibility
    4.  Public Safety Branches
    5.  Law and Legal System
    6.  Public Relations
    7. Career Development
    8.  Workplace Technology
    9.  Problem Solving/Investigations
    10. Leadership and Teamwork
    11. Communications
    12. Applied Academics in Law and Public Safety
    13. Post

    43.0100 Public Safety I Protective Services- Law Enforcement Consolidated Gap Analysis Document
    Student Competencies:

    1. Employment  & Career Development
    2. Team Building
    3. Ethics & Responsibilities
    4. Traffic Direction & Control
    5. Fundamentals  of Patrol
    6. Communication & Dispatch Operations
    7. Traffic Laws & Enforcement
    8. Completing Crash Reports UD-10
    9. Constitutional Law- the Justice Amendments
    10. Basic Criminal Law
    11. Fingerprinting  & Booking
    12. Evidence & Crime Scene Preservation
    13. Report Writing
    14. Knowledge  of our Court System 15 Court Testimony Skills
    15. First
    16. CPR
    17. Personal Fire Safety,
    18. Nature of Fire
    19. Firefighting Skills
    20. Crime Prevention
    21. Field Training Experience
    22. Computer Applications

    Required Text:

    Instructors  will utilize any, all or parts of these books in the course of instruction. Instructors  will add current/new  text as it becomes available and necessary.
    •  Criminal Law & Procedure- A Manual for Michigan Police Officers
    •  Criminal Justice Today 9th Edition by Frank Schmalleger
    •  Steffel on Michigan Criminal Law and Police Procedure

    References & Other Resources:
    Guest speakers from various Federal, State and Local Public Safety organizations  are routinely used to provide hands-on instruction. Field Trips to Public Safety venues are also used along with numerous  Public Safety multi­ media training aids. In addition professional Law Enforcement  and Fire Service journals supplement units of study.

    Class Assignments:
    Weekly Logs & Spelling Tests Chapter Review Homework Reports & Oral Presentations  Daily Preparation  & Participation  Unit Quizzes & Tests
    Final Exam:
    The final exam will be an evaluation of the entire semester.

    Class Policies:
    The overall policy of the Hillsdale County Intermediate School District and the Hillsdale Workforce Development and Technology Center concerning attendance will apply. Students violating the districts absence/tardy policy will be disciplined accordingly and will also be prohibited from participating in the internship portion of this program. A lot of what is taught is practical experience and students cannot get the full concept if they are not present.


    Are based on Tests/Quizzes, Worksheets & Class work. Instructors will follow the Hillsdale County Intermediate School Districts Policy concerning grades. This is a academically demanding class. Much of the instruction is exactly what you receive in Police or Fire Academies and grading on your work will reflect that level of instruction.


    All homework is due on the specified date, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Late assignments will lower the grade or be deemed not acceptable for credit. If a student is absent from class it is the students' responsibility to find out what they missed. Students are given 1-day to make up the work.


    During this course students are required to maintain a daily/weekly log and a semester time sheet. There are numerous reasons why logs need to be completed. This includes checking penmanship/spelling, getting you used to documenting what you are doing, tracking your time and insuring that you are paying attention to the topics. A completed log should enable a student to look back at the document months later and be able to state what was accomplished that day.


    Students are all young adults. These students will be treated as such and their conduct and actions should reflect this and failure to do so can result in a student's removal from the program. Students desire to be police officers, fire fighters, security or corrections personnel and negative conduct is unacceptable in all of these professions. Students will treat each other with respect. There will be no bullying or name-calling, such unethical behaviors may also result in removal from the program.

    Breaks, field trips, guest speakers and videos are all privileges. Improper conduct may prevent a student from participating in these supplemental teaching tools. Additional penalties include on-site detention, suspensions or, a 2-page handwritten review of a Criminal Justice Article of the instructor's choosing.

    District policy PROHIBITS using your cell phone in the building.  If an instructor  or staff members  sees it or hears it, it goes to the office, where your parent can retrieve it after school. Your phone will be turned off while in this building!


    Knowledge  or proper spelling and grammar is very important in this field. Instructors  will utilize written reports, spelling tests and logs to monitor these areas of concern.


    A key component of the Criminal Justice Program is the opportunity to take part in an internship during a second year student's senior year. Eligible students will have the opportunity  to work in a police/fire/corrections or security  environment they will complete their internship in lieu of attending

    their CJ class. Selection is based on grades, attendance  and classroom conduct.

    Course Introduction

    Completing an Application  Completing Thank You Letters Introduction  to job requirements Introduction  to map reading  and directional exercises Introduction  to Criminal Justice Careers How to write a professional letter Practice MCOLES reading/writing test Information  on MCOLES physical testing Military time Record keeping Spelling Tests First Aid & Emergency  Preparedness Community Emergency  Response  Fire Safety & Suppression Disaster Preparedness Civil Disorders  Explosives  Tactical Operations  Red Cross First Aid for the Workplace, Schools & Community  Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer

    Ethics and leadership in Law Enforcement
    • Code of Ethics Rules  & regulations The oath of Office Ethics  & Human Relations
    • Cultural Awareness/Diversity & Sexual Harassment
    • Team  Building
    • Use of Force
    • Juvenile
    • Criminal procedures for felony/misdemeanor cases
    • Steps in a trial
    • Court vocabulary
    • Sentencing I alternative sentencing
    • Court Testimony
    • Fire Fighting
    • Personal fire protection -Operation of fire extinguishers- Nature of fire
    • Understanding the classification of fires Fire fighting operations
    • Preparing for duty/equipment Tying knots & working with hoses Search & Rescue
    • Miscellaneous Units Health/Wellness and Employability Career Planning
    • Communication Skills
    • Mathematical Processing
    • Personal Management & Responsibility
    • Practice Exams for specific career Interest
    • C.J. Field  Training Experience/ Research Paper
    • Initiate contact and interview with C.J agency
    • 20 hour on site observation
    • Independent Research
    • Oral presentations on experience or research Follow-up thank you letters to sponsoring agency Final Exam
    • Review for exam
    • Certificate of completion issued
    • Competency Certificates issued

    ******Throughout the two semesters I work continuously on employability skills. Integrating my daily lesson plans with the employability skills needed to succeed in obtaining a job. The following is a breakdown of the skills and the Classroom activities that teach each skill.

    • How to complete an application: on the 1st day of class students must complete an application for enrollment to the Criminal Justice class.
    • How to write a professional letter: Students practice during the introduction unit of the class, writing thank you letters to their counselors and then each student must write a guest speaker or field trip contact person one letter each semester. Telephone communication with employers: During out unit involving size of departments and mission statements, students must contact an assigned agency to discuss their mission statement, command structure flow chart, size of department and specialized divisions.
    • Grooming standards in the work force: Students must dress in business attire with shirt & tie for all inside field trips, wrinkle free and without earrings.
    • Self Confident Presentation of self: this is practiced the entire 1st semester through monthly oral presentations, also firm handshakes are practiced every time we attend a field trip or have a guest speaker Students are expected to shake their hand and thank them for their time.
    • Preparing for testing in the field: during the introduction unit of this class, students take a practice MCOLES  test and then are given the opportunity to attempt practice tests in their specific field of interest
    • A realistic understanding of the education: Students are offered either a field trip to the police academy or a field trip to a local community college criminal justice career day.


    The Force Continuum Excessive Force Issues Non-lethal force options Stress & Police work
    • Traffic Direction and Control
    • Traffic control procedures, non-emergency
    • & emergency actions & responsibilities
    • Practical exercises in preparation for open house detail Use of traffic control aids - flares, flashlights, cones History of Policing
    • Police Professionalism Police & the media Community  Policing Fundamentals of Police Patrol & Police Physical Skills Methods and purpose of patrol
    • Preparing for patrol/ patrol equipment
    • Observation  & perception Methods of patrol communication Radio procedures
    • Vehicle & subject descriptions
    • Receiving  and transmitting information Field stops & field investigations Suspect & vehicle searches
    • Basic firearm recognition
    • Calls for service
    • Emergency Vehicle Operations
    • Vehicle stops
    • Motor Vehicle Code Writing citations OWl Laws
    • Calls for service
    • Laws of arrest Mechanics of arrest Handcuffing  Techniques
    • Communication and Dispatch
    • Dispatch terminology
    • Understanding of computer networking
    • LEIN, NCIC, SOS, etc
    • Telephone  skills/etiquette
    • Obtaining accurate telephone facts quickly
    • Job positions as a dispatcher
    • Motor Vehicle Crash Investigations
    • Introduction to traffic crash investigations Uniform traffic crash reporting UD-1D's
    • Exam week
    • First semester review First semester Exam
    • Semester II
    • Introduction to Investigations
    • Constitutional law Search warrants Warrantless Searches
    • Substantive Criminal Law & Special Investigations
    • Victimization & Reasons for Crime Misdemeanors I Felonies Crimes against Persons Crimes against Property Narcotic & Dangerous Drugs Domestic Violence
    • Prisoner Processing & Investigations
    • The "booking process"
    • History & Science of fingerprints
    • Fingerprint classification
    • Fingerprinting & photographing suspects Completing intake forms and information Evidence & Crime Scene Preservation Chain of evidence
    • Collection & preservation of evidence
    • Processing property Preserving the crime scene Investigative Report  Writing
    • Obtaining Information & preparing reports Court System  & Special Populations District Ct vs Circuit Ct

    Criminal Justice/Protective Services

    Class time is split between lecture, physical activities, field trips, and Interaction with special guests representing the courts,law enforcement, corrections and fire safety. This program of study is an excellent tool for preparation for college, military  service, or employment in fire or security fields.