Law & Public Safety

Criminal Justice: Social and Ethics Issues
Grades 10 Semester Course

This course is a seminar-style course focusing on social and ethical issues in the criminal justice system today. This course will utilize a project-based format to explore and discuss controversial cases of the past and present.

Forensic Science
Grades 10 Semester Course

Forensic science is the application of science to matters of law. This course takes you from the crime scene to the courtroom, revealing the techniques that professionals use to identify and collect evidence, analyze it, and apply the results in an investigation. Forensics is a complex mixture of planning, problem-solving, practical application, and communication.

In this course, you will apply your prior scientific background to legal investigations by performing activities involving crime scene analysis, hair and fiber evidence, blood and blood stains, fingerprints, forensic entomology and anthropology, and DNA. This is a lab and project-based course that is best suited to an independent worker. As you sharpen your analytical skills, you will learn what is really behind Crime Scene Investigations.

Law and Society
Grades 11-12

This course introduces and prepares students for possible career pathways in government, public administration, law, public safety and security. Criminal Law/ Law and Society connects the government, the American legal system, and the society in which the student lives. It is dedicated to the student’s understanding of the historical and social foundation of law, legal ethics, and the social responsibility of law.

Burrillville High School has created an articulation agreement with Roger Williams University, giving students who have an 88 or above average for the entire school year, as well as students who meet the RWU writing component, the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this course. Students must adhere to all BHS and RWU guidelines in order to earn these credits. Throughout the pathway, students will be given opportunities to complete 80 hours of work-based learning, which along with the required course work and classes, will fulfill the requirements of the Law and Public Safety CTE Program.

Introduction to Policing
Grades 12

The course is designed to provide the Burrillville High School student, interested in studying Criminal Justice and Law, with a peek into the study of the fundamental principles of law enforcement at the college level. The chronology of policing in this country, beginning with the pre-American experience and ending with recent events are presented. Discussion is focused on a wide spectrum of law enforcement agencies, identifying the most important characteristics of city, state, and federal police work. Services and the importance of different police activities (i.e. patrol, traffic, criminal investigation, etc.) are explained. Particular attention is paid to current issues and trends in law enforcement. The dual court system, as well as trial procedures, are also introduced.

Burrillville High School has created an articulation agreement with Roger Williams University, giving students earning an 88 (or above) average for the entire school year, as well as students who meet the RWU writing component, the opportunity to earn 3 college credits for this course. Students must adhere to all BHS and RWU guidelines in order to earn these credits. Throughout the pathway, students will be given opportunities to complete 80 hours of work-based learning, which along with the required course work and classes, will fulfill the requirements for the Law and Public Safety CTE Program.