Law Enforcement, Detention, & Corrections
Patrol Officers respond to a variety of situations and some work in special units such as: Motorcycle, Horseback, Canine, and SWAT teams. All police officers must be very accurate in all aspects of their job and have lots of interaction with community members. To do their job well, they must know laws, rules, protocols, court procedures and political processes. In Idaho, 2,963 police patrol officers work in this "very large" occupation and earn a median wage of $45,790. (Data Source: Idaho CIS 10/2014). All Idaho officers are certified by the Peace Officers Standards and Training program (POST) regardless if they work for the city, county or state. To be certified, you must be at least 21 years old, pass both a written and physical exam as well as complete Basic Training, pass several background checks, and be in good standing both mentally, physically and emotional. For complete details see Idaho Peace Office Standards & Training.
Many employment opportunities are found within the program area of Law Enforcement, Detention and Corrections from private detectives, probation officers, fish and game wardens, legal secretaries, bailiffs, animal control workers, judges, law clerks, and lawyers to forensic science technicians.
Students begin this program by taking Orientation to Police, Fire and EMS in 10th grade, which is offered at ADA Professional-Technical Center. It is open to all students throughout the District except for those students who attend either Charter High School. This is a one-semester class that covers a broad range of related topics, fitness readiness, and also includes simulated drills and field trips. Students should expect to get a taste of what it is like to enter a training program. They are expected to make good decisions, respect others including authority, and be self-disciplined. Many of the drills are designed to simulate stressful on-scene incidents and students are held accountable for taking the training situation seriously.
For students who are dedicated and choose to move on into the program and, have earned the right to do so by receiving a final grade of 75% or higher in the orientation class, as a junior, they commit to taking a full-year double period class. At this point, and through the senior-level capstone class, the training becomes more rigorous and topics more in-depth. The coursework is aligned to the transferable skills needed in the three related areas: Law Enforcement, Corrections and Detention. Students practice and apply skills and knowledge in occupational related scenarios and when off-campu participation in fieldtrip activities coordinated with related departments and organzations. Students must also complete a project each year as they move deeper into the program which is run like a full-fledge recruitment training program.
For complete details, see the current Course Description Handbook
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