This course is 1 of 4 required courses for the Law Enforcement Homeland Security pathway. This course is designed for students who are thinking about pursuing a career in the Criminal Justice field. It is an introductory course for those students seeking to pursue a post-secondary degree in Criminal Justice, complete law enforcement academy after graduation or simply want to learn more about the Criminal Justice system and careers within. This course is a hands-on learning experience with different ways to apply knowledge through group work, lab projects, and skill-out assignments. In this class, you will be able to complete a fingerprint lab with ink, fingerprint lab with powder. You will also be taking a role as a court participant during our mock trial unit. In addition, there will be various cold case assignments and research projects related to actual cases asking you to examine evidence.
The Criminal Justice courses at Bath County High School may contain sensitive or graphic material due to the nature of each course. Each class allows students the opportunity to practice with real life cases and true stories, some of which are graphic and unimaginable. Students have the opportunity to research a criminal of their choosing for one of the Summative Assignments. Students also have the opportunity to look at crime scene evidence, examine terrorist attacks, training simulations including training with firearms (plastic guns), gun safety with plastic training guns, officer safety (using vests & safety materials) and various hands-on activities (interrogation techniques, arrest procedures). Students will have the opportunity to participate in several lab projects using sensitive case materials (hair & fiber, blood spatter, tire treads, etc.). If at any time, a student or parent is uncomfortable with any material presented in class or as homework, they are encouraged to see Mrs. Highley for clarification, alternate assignment, or another solution.
It is MANDATORY that each parent sign the disclaimer part of the Permission Slip (to be sent home on syllabus). The Media Use and Documentary/Movie use included in your syllabus is up to you on how you answer.