Academy of Law and Public Safety


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Academy of Law and Criminal Justice at Southwest Preparatory School is an academic and career-preparation program for students serious about a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. The four year program offers a unique opportunity for students to access expert local law enforcement knowledge through our curriculum and partnerships. Students who graduate from the Academy will gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for a variety of careers in law enforcement and criminal justice.  Academy students will be well prepared to continue their education or enter the workforce immediately in many different career options


Our academy relies on high level support and the highest caliber leadership from its advisory board and local partners, representing the following companies.

  • Alamo Colleges
  • Bexar County Sheriff Junior Explorers Program
  • Our Lady of the Lake Criminal Justice Department
  • American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)

Program of Study

Principles of Public Safety Grade 9

One Credit

Prerequisite: None

Introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services.  Students will examine roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security, and corrections.

Law Enforcement I Grade 10

One Credit

Prerquisite: Principles of Public Safety

Law Enforcement I is an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement. This course includes the role of constitutional law, the United States legal system, criminal law, law enforcement terminology, and the classification and elements of crime.

Law Enforcement II Grade 11

One Credit

Prerequisite: Law Enforcement I

Law Enforcement II provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony.

Forensic Science Grade 12

One Credit

Prerequisite: 4th Year Science

Forensic Science is a course that uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide, and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science

Director of Career and Technology
Veronica Champion