Students in law and public safety programs at county vocational-technical schools can amass a variety of certifications: CPR in infant, child and adult; first aid; first responder; 911 and emergency dispatch operator, and even defensive driving courses that lower their car insurance rates! Along the way, students are busy learning oxygen administration, rescue operations, and emergency procedures.
Through the course of studies, students trace the history of law from biblical times to modern day criminology, including case law. Academic courses explore the role of law and public safety in the United States.
Here are some of the career opportunities in this industry:
Emergency Management Specialist
Homeland Security Specialist
International Security Specialist
Law Enforcement Officer at the Federal, State, County or Municiapal Level
Legal Services Specialist
Around Our Schools
Strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement, county prosecutor’s offices, and law firms are essential to the success of vocational programs. For example, the Ocean County Vocational-Technical Schools law enforcement program is located at the Ocean County Fire and First Aid Training Center in Waretown, affording students access to this state-of-the-art training facility.
Students in the Law and Public Safety program at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School have an opportunity to earn 15 college credits, thanks to a collaborative program with Raritan Valley Community College. Students can prepare for careers as police officers, firefighters, lawyers, security officers, federal law enforcement officers, police dispatchers, correction officers, and paralegals and get a head start on the requisite college degrees.
When a growing Cumberland County population began putting a strain on local fire and emergency services, Cumberland County Technical Education Center created an emergency services program to ensure trained, experienced personnel will be available when someone calls 911. Students train for jobs as firefighters, emergency services personnel and emergency dispatchers, making good use of the county’s fire training grounds located across the street from the school’s Deerfield campus.
Morris County’s Academy for Law and Public Safety is a highly-focused, full-time program for motivated students. Through its strong partnership with the County College of Morris, students are able to earn 24 to 30 college credits while attending this high school program.
Videos and More Information
NJNextStop helps students and parents learn more about career interests and options, and the occupations and skills that are in demand in New Jersey. Each industry page has several videos about the jobs that people in that field do. Here’s the link for the NJ Next Stop Law, Public Safety and Security Page.
The National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education (NASDCTEc) has a web site that explains what students need to know and what courses they should take in high school in order to enter specific career areas. Here’s the link for National resources for Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security