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Law Enforcement Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control, public relations, witness interviewing, and evidence collection and management.

You Will Learn
  • Basic crime prevention methods.
  • Weapon and equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
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Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Correctional Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Law Enforcement Teacher
  • Police Detective & Criminal Investigator
  • Police Patrol Officer
  • Police Supervisor Sheriff
Workforce Trends
Employment of police and detectives is expected to increase 9 to 17 percent through the year 2014. A more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes will contribute to the increasing demand for police services.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 13.7 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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