The Law Enforcement program at DCCTC focuses on search and arrest techniques, investigative procedures, and gaining an understanding of forensic science and how it is used in the field. Students learn the responsibilities of the police, the court and the office of corrections through hands-on police drills, classroom demonstrations, and guest speakers.
Career Fields Include:
Police Officer, Detective, Game Warden, Correctional Officer, Security Specialist
Law Enforcement I
Law Enforcement I is designed to teach the entry level requirements of a police officer such as law enforcement tactics, general investigations, crime scene investigation and courtroom procedures. Instruction includes hands-on police drills, demonstrations, and some lecture. Classroom work emphasizes the study of the criminal justice system and of landmark Supreme Court decisions that impact law enforcement. Practical, applied experiences allow students to gain an understanding of procedures used to solve crimes. Students are required to dress professionally and participate in physical exercises.
Law Enforcement II
Prerequisites: Law Enforcement I
Law enforcement II focuses on more advanced police officer techniques. Instruction includes more hands-on drills, demonstrations, and some lecture. Students learn report writing, felony traffic stop scenarios, testifying in court and many more police procedures. Students have the opportunity to become CPR certified. Students visit local law enforcement centers and guest speakers include law enforcement officers from local police departments, SC Highway Patrol, SC DNR, SLED and the Department of Corrections. Students are required to dress professionally and participate in physical exercise.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security – Work Based Learning
Grades 11- 12
Prerequisite: Student must have completed a program in Emergency and Fire Management Services or Law Enforcement at DCCTC as well as have a satisfactory instructor recommendation.
Students who have completed a firefighting or criminal justice program at DCCTC and desire work experience in a field related to emergency and fire management services or law enforcement can choose to further enhance their skills by enrolling in a work based learning course. Students will learn daily duties and participate in in-house training and public service events. Students must provide their own transportation to work sites.
“I’ve always wanted to teach, but I thought I’d have to wait until after retirement to do it. It’s exciting to be able to spur a young person’s interest in law enforcement. Even if they decide not to make it a career, they learn life skills they can use forever.”
Mr. Young has been in the law enforcement field for 23 years, spending 17 years with the Summerville Police Department. Prior to that he held police jobs in Ohio and Florence, SC. As a training officer for the Summerville Police, Young had the opportunity to teach several classes including firearms, defensive tactics and less lethal munitions. He also worked with the DEA Task Force as a narcotics officer and as a patrol officer working his way up to lieutenant.