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Public Safety Law

Course Description

This course introduces and analyzes a series of laws and legal issues central to leadership in law enforcement and public safety. Half of the course looks outward, focusing on the legacy of constitutional law that shapes law enforcement policy. Half the course looks inward, focusing on legal issues that guide and regulate public safety organizations.


3 units

In This Course, You Will:

  • Examine and apply the right to privacy as defined by a series of United States Supreme Court cases
  • Study emerging best practices for evidentiary and discovery challenges, with a focus on Brady violations
  • Use case studies to argue for the ethical and legally appropriate use of drones; many of these cases do not provide clear standards or best practices, so this is truly an emerging area of law that guides law enforcement practices
  • Analyze how 4th Amendment standards may and may not apply in the dynamic realm of cybercrime
  • Use case studies to argue for the ethical and legally appropriate use of body worn cameras; examine related best practices

This course is guided largely by hypothetical scenarios and case studies.  These scenarios present you, the law enforcement leader, a challenging set of facts where the related case law may not be entirely clear.  The legality of a law enforcement action is thus dependent on your ability to creatively and convincing apply existing, somewhat ambiguous, case law.

Student Comments

“Virtually every aspect contributed to my career. The professors and course work have caused me to think more deeply about my profession and how I might make a difference.”
-Spring ’17 Student
“The entire course is tailored towards current events and trends that affect my profession”
– Spring ’17 Student