Law & Public Safety

  • Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville, New Jersey  

    Employment of police occupations is projected to grow 7% in the next 10 years.
    In 2020 the median pay for a police officer was $67,920 per year or $32.35 per hour.
    The median pay for correctional officers in 2020 was $47,440 per hour or $22.81 per year.

               (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)

    Officer from Sheriff's office addressing class of Law & Public Safety students

    Law and Public Safety is a program developed in partnership with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office. Students will learn the skills that they can apply to work in criminal justice or emergency management. Students learn emergency first aid care, understand the criminal justice system, gain a working knowledge of the United States Constitution, enhance their teamwork skills, build their physical fitness, and learn basic police procedures. The program also meets a student’s physical education (gym) requirements for high school education.

    Law and Public Safety student at SCVTHS learning how to operate equipment

    Year 1
    Officer and black German shepherd dog from Somerset County's K9 unit Basic skills, first aid, first responder training,
    history of criminal justice, the U.S. Constitution

    Year 2
    Police equipment and technology,
    NJ traffic law, organization, report writing, organized crime

    Year 3
    Civil vs. criminal law, dispatching, interrogation,
    crime scene investigation, gathering & processing evidence

    Year 4
    Controlled substances, criminal corrections system,
    communicating with the public, guidelines for use of force


    Classes meet for 3 periods/
    2 hours per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students
    accepted per year: 12

    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES


    Future Careers

    Law and Public Safety Student Plans at GraduationCorrections Officer
    Fire Fighter
    Police Officer
    Public Safety Coordinator
    Security Officer

    Recent Student

    John Jay College

    Kean University
    Raritan Valley Community College
    Rutgers University
    Seton Hall University
    New Jersey National Guard
    United States Coast Guard

    Law and Public Safety student with a law enforcement dog


    Law and Public Safety Classroom at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School














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