Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Instructor: John Lacey
802-728-9595 ext. 419
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety program introduces students to a broad range of career opportunities in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety/Emergency Management fields, exposing them to the latest laws and technologies. It also assists students with making informed life decisions regarding their behavior, which might inhibit a future career in one of these occupations.
College Credit and Industry Certifications: Students whose academic skills qualify them for the “Fast Forward” program earn a voucher for six college credits accepted at any Vermont State College. The program is also working to establish a dual enrollment course credit with Vermont Technical College’s Fire Science program. Students may receive industry-recognized certifications including: Federal Emergency Management Agency EMI 100; Vermont Department of Transportation - Traffic Support; Blood Borne Pathogens; CPR; Cold Water Rescue; and Confined Space Rescue.
After the Program: Graduates may continue their studies at a two- or four-year college or enter careers in law enforcement, fire service, and rescue service. Graduates typically pursue careers as police officers, crime scene technicians, polygraph examiners, security consultants, and firefighters; as well as jobs in search and rescue, as lawyers and paralegals, court officers, in the military, and in homeland security.
Interests and Attitudes: Students should possess an interest in careers related to law enforcement, emergency services, law, and criminal justice; a desire to earn certifications such as First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (Basic), Incident Command, CPR, and First Aid and Hazardous Materials Awareness; an ability â€¨to think independently; a commitment to take responsibility for themselves; a readiness to learn in a mature, respectful environment; and a willingness to participate in rigorous, outdoor activity.