Crime in Society: How Can You Help?

Happy to be out of school, Mrs. Gray and her students Ryan Nixon, Serene Lopez and Aiden Albadi hop on a bus for a long awaited field trip. Accompanied by Cheif Ponce, graduate Stephanie Ruvalcaba, and Lieutenant Gray they get the chance to attend the police academy graduation thanks to being members of the Public Law and Safety CTE course

Happy to be out of school, Mrs. Gray and her students Ryan Nixon, Serene Lopez and Aiden Albadi hop on a bus for a long awaited field trip. Accompanied by Cheif Ponce, graduate Stephanie Ruvalcaba, and Lieutenant Gray they get the chance to attend the police academy graduation thanks to being members of the Public Law and Safety CTE course

Kalliauna Bodine, Reporter

Did you know that every minute roughly three violent crimes are committed? That means that 1,576,800 violent crimes take place in a year, but how can crime get stopped?

Having worked in law enforcement for 13 years, Lori Gray is familiar with the justice system and now teaches the Public Law and Safety course at LHHS. This class is a choice for any student wanting a job related to law,  including but not limited to: a lawyer, judge, legal assistant, police officer, detective and first responder.

Furthermore, this class has three levels and delves deeper into law enforcement each year. “You learn basic information like how to become an officer, different types of agencies, probation parole, corrections facilities and the court system,” Gray said.  This class also does a mock trial so students get an idea of what that would be like.

In Level two, students start to learn more about different laws and defensive tactics along with the use of force. 

Additionally, level three is the most hands-on, where the students learn how to fingerprint, conduct an investigation and process a crime scene.

Importantly, this class also teaches some life skills like interviewing people and filling out reports. Gray explained this class not only can benefit anyone who wants to work with the law, but it also teaches life skills that can benefit students now and in their future careers.

If you’re interested in a career in law enforcement or want to see if it’s something  you would like to do, talk to your counselor about the Public Law and Safety class.