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Law & Public Safety I

Large group of students learning self defense techniques


Law & Public Safety teaches facets of criminal justice system

CLINTON — Clinton High School junior Maria Renee Serratos plans to go into the criminal justice field for her career.

“I heard about the Law & Public Safety class and thought it sounded interesting,” she said. “We have learned about amendments and laws, gun safety and self defense.”

Maria is one of 25 first-year students in the program at the CHS Career Complex. Instructor Jeff Franks covers curriculum on a timeline that begins with a crime, the investigation of that crime, an arrest, and the judicial processes that will follow leading to a conviction and incarceration.

“This semester we began with a study of various misdemeanor and felony crimes, leading into the investigative portion of the timeline,” he said. “This includes the rights of citizens under the Bill of Rights, crime scene processing, and suspect and witness interviews.”

They are also studying DUI investigations with the help of two Clinton Police Department officers. Students have the opportunity to visit relevant off-campus sites as well.

Field trips include the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (Constitutional law), Camp Shelby (leadership), Mississippi Forensics Laboratory (forensic science and crime scenes) and the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (corrections).

“We are looking forward to what the spring semester will bring,” he said.