• Courses offered in this pathway:

    Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security students will be introduced to professions in law enforcement, protective services, corrections, firefighting, and emergency management services. They will learn the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. This overview will provide students with the skills necessary to pursue careers in law enforcement, fire service, protective services, and corrections.

    Law Enforcement I is an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Students will understand the role of constitutional law at local, state, and federal levels; the U.S. legal system; criminal law; and law enforcement terminology and the classification and elements of crime.

    Law Enforcement II provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. Students will understand ethical and legal responsibilities, patrol procedures, first responder roles, telecommunications, emergency equipment operations, and courtroom testimony.

    Criminal Investigation is a course that introduces students to the profession of criminal investigations. Students will understand basic functions of criminal investigations and procedures and will learn how to investigate or follow up during investigations. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to criminal investigation, crime scene processing, evidence collection, fingerprinting, and courtroom presentation. Through case studies and simulated crime scenes, students will collect and analyze evidence such as fingerprint analysis, bodily fluids, hairs, fibers, shoe and tire impressions, bite marks, drugs, tool marks, firearms and ammunition, blood spatter, digital evidence, and other types of evidence.

    Forensic Science is a course that introduces students to the application of science to connect a violation of law to a specific criminal, criminal act, or behavior and victim. Students will learn terminology and procedures related to the search and examination of physical evidence in criminal cases as they are performed in a typical crime laboratory. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence such as fingerprints, bodily fluids, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, and cartridge cases. Students will also learn the history and the legal aspects as they relate to each discipline of forensic science. Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

  • Criminal Justice Faculty


    Melissa Hollingsworth




    John Hawkins

    Law Enforcement I

    Law Enforcement II

    Criminal Investigations



    Erica Williamson

    Principles of Criminal Justice

    Forensic Psychology





    Criminal Justice Club


    Melissa Hollingsworth - Advisor

    John Hawkins - Co-Advisor

    Erica Williamson Co-Advisor


    Mock Trial Team

    Dallas Bar Association

    Erica Williamson - Advisor

    John Hawkins - Co-Advisor


    Fire Explorer Post #3473

    Hutto Fire and Rescue

    John Hawkins - Advisor

    Erica Williamson - Co-Advisor