Security and Protective Services
Welcome to the Security and Protective Services program. This course will be conducted in a military style manner. You as a cadet can expect to begin building valuable workplace skills that will lead to a successful career. As the instructor of the course it is my goal to ensure that you receive the training in a safe and healthy environment where learning is enhanced by a variety of methods. Each year will provide the opportunity to pick up different skills making you, the cadet, an asset to any organization in which you apply or to allow for continuing education. This packet will give a general outline of the program and what I expect from you throughout the years.
Course Description (PA DEPT. EDU CIP Code 43.9999)
An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry-level duties as a police officer, fire fighter, paramedic and other safety services. This program stresses the techniques, methods and procedures peculiar to the areas of criminal justice and fire protection especially in emergency and disaster situations. Physical development and self-confidence skills are emphasized due to the nature of the specific occupation(s). In addition to the application of mathematics, communication, science and physics, students receive training in social and psychological skills, map reading, vehicle and equipment operations, the judicial system, pre-hospital emergency medical care and appropriate emergency assessment, treatment and communication.
1. Theory/ Practical Portion:
-Black BDU Cargo Pants, Black Belt
-Royal Blue Polo Program Shirt
-Black Jungle Boots (to be polished)
2. Physical Training Portion:
-White Ankle Socks
-Black Sweat Pants (outside training)
-Black Athletic Shorts
-Gray Sweatshirt (outside training)
Protective Services (PS) Rules
1. Cadets will report directly to the classroom and take their respective seats unless instructed otherwise. The shop area is off limits until permission is granted to enter.
2. No phones, music devices, hats, sunglasses or any other prohibited items are to be brought to the classroom. Such items will be confiscated.
3. Cadets are required to have water at all times, but it will be in a bottle with a screw on lid.
4. Uniforms are to be worn in accordance with the instructor’s guidance and properly cared for.
- Theory/Practical uniforms will be provided by the school at no cost. Students will receive two shirts, two cargo pants, one belt, and one pair of boots. Uniforms will be laundered regularly and boots shined prior to the start of the school day. During winter months a matching color long sleeve shirt or turtle neck may be worn under the uniform shirt. Additional uniforms may be purchased by the cadet.
- Physical Training uniforms will be purchased by the cadet. Comfortable athletic shoes, white ankle socks, black shorts, and gray shirts are required. It is recommended each cadet have two sets of PT uniforms. These items can be purchased anywhere but will not contain writing, images, or any type of graphic/logos. Cadets of both sexes are encouraged to have the proper athletic support wear as the nature of PT can and will be strenuous. PT uniforms may also be used during the required physical education/gym class. Sweat pants (black) and shirts (gray) may be worn outdoors and during the winter months.
5. Cadet’s will abide by the Jeff Tech Handbook as well as the PS rules on grooming and appearance. A professional appearance will be maintained at all times. Cadets will report to class neatly groomed and clean. Facial hair will be trimmed reasonably as to not affect the wear of masks or other protective gear. Hair will be worn in such a manner that it does not interfere with the cadet’s vision or safety. The final say in such matters is left to the instructor. If grooming becomes a problem the program will adopt the standard military grooming regulations. Cadets will keep colognes and perfumes to a minimum.
6. Jewelry is limited to Instructor approval. Piercings are to be kept to a minimum; any that may present a problem will be removed for the cadets’ safety. Necklaces are allowed but must remain tucked inside the shirt. Watches (on silent mode) and bracelets are also allowed but will be removed at the instructor’s discretion. Students planning to wear jewelry other than specified should obtain instructor approval.
7. Cadets are to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times which includes showing proper respect to instructor(s) and other cadets. Instructor(s), staff, and cadets will be formally addressed at all times. Cadets who wish to speak or ask questions during lecture will wait patiently to be called upon. The instructor will have the classes’ undivided attention at all times. The same rules apply during open discussion as cadets will not talk over one another but rather speak in an orderly fashion. Those who cause disturbances will be strictly disciplined as there is no time for such behavior and a zero tolerance.
8. Cadets are expected to turn in all assignments on time. Only those with valid school approved excuses will be permitted to turn in work late without deduction. It is the Cadets responsibility to make-up missed work as the instructor will not come looking for you. Those that don’t complete assignments according to school policy will receive a zero. Those with unexcused absences will also receive a zero. Attendance in this program is important; therefore it is recommended that cadets miss no more than four days per year. Responsibility is a key concept in Protective Services and cannot be stressed enough.
9. PS books are to be returned in the condition received. Those who don’t treat the books as well as equipment with the proper care shall endure the cost of replacement/repair and will be dealt with accordingly.
10. The PS area will be cleaned up and organized at the end of class each day. Cadets will take all personal belongings, assigned books and materials with them at the end of class each day. The instructor may sign out equipment to be used by students out of class; however nothing leaves the room without proper documentation and approval. Those with unauthorized equipment may be removed from the program immediately and incur other suiting penalties.
11. The Instructor reserves the right to add, remove, or modify rules of the program at any time. Cadets will be notified of such changes and will adhere immediately.
Expectations of Cadets
Cadets are expected to be at a certain level when enrolling for this program because of its nature. Those not able to meet the listed expectations below may find the course difficult and extremely frustrating. The subjects taught are often taken by adult learners. Cadets should not be scared to enter this class. It is an outstanding opportunity but requires maximum effort on the Cadets behalf. To truly benefit from the PS program cadets must:
- be able to speak clearly and communicate effectively with instructor and peers.
- read at a minimum 10th grade level for some materials to fully comprehend without help. - write legibly and take notes accordingly. - understand when help is needed comprehending material and ASK for it! - listen to instructions the first time given and ask for clarification if needed. - possess the ability to work individually and in groups with limited supervision. This does not mean the instructor won’t be present but rather moving around the shop during exercises and monitoring. - be able to manage school work and home life efficiently. This simply means finding the time to complete assignments, homework, and studying the material to ensure success. - have knowledge in basic math which includes but is not limited to addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, percentages, and fractions.
- read at a minimum 10th grade level for some materials to fully comprehend without help.
- write legibly and take notes accordingly.
- understand when help is needed comprehending material and ASK for it!
- listen to instructions the first time given and ask for clarification if needed.
- possess the ability to work individually and in groups with limited supervision. This does not mean the instructor won’t be present but rather moving around the shop during exercises and monitoring.
- be able to manage school work and home life efficiently. This simply means finding the time to complete assignments, homework, and studying the material to ensure success.
- have knowledge in basic math which includes but is not limited to addition, subtraction, multiplying, dividing, percentages, and fractions.
Since each year will present several new skills for the cadet to learn, the grading policy may vary. Cadets must understand that the amount of homework, quizzes, tests, practical labs, and other graded exercises depends strictly upon the subject matter, what is covered in class, and affect the total points for a year. The grading scale below is a general outline and should be used in just that manner. Parents/Guardians and Cadets who track their individual scores should be able to make a fairly accurate judgment on where they stand at any given point. If a question arises or a cadet is unsure of their grade then contact the instructor. The instructor will provide feedback to cadets throughout the year but it remains the cadet’s responsibility to track progress.
Appearance (Uniforms, Grooming, Participation, Behavior) 10%
Physical Training 15%
Quizzes, Practical Labs 20%
Protective Services Summary
The Protective Services Program here at Jeff Tech is designed to maximize a cadet’s marketability after graduation. Newly acquired skills will enable the cadet to walk-on to several entry-level jobs that are in high demand not just in our area, but all across the United States. Cadets will have developed the mental, physical, and moral attributes to be successful in the Protective Services fields. Although this is a great start that will undoubtedly lead to an excellent career, cadets are encouraged to continue seeking higher education and participate in military service. This will aid in furthering the cadet’s experience and knowledge in a chosen field.
By the end of every year cadets will have had the opportunity to complete several certifications. Many are nationally recognized or allow for reciprocity outside the immediate area. For example, a cadet passing the PA state EMT-B exams here at Jeff Tech can usually gain reciprocity should they choose to move. In other cases a short skills test may be administered to verify competence and so on. Cadets can expect to pick up one higher level skill per year such as EMT-B mentioned above. With that core skill cadets will complete the lower level certifications that go hand-in-hand with it for example Basic Life Support (CPR, AED, and First Aid). It must be understood that the Instructor will change the curriculum when it benefits the cadet. Cadets will have a general course outline at the beginning of each year but a full four year schedule is nearly impossible.
The academic side of the PS program is most important. With that being said, cadets still have to complete graded physical fitness exercises and will be judged on their overall appearance (see Appearance in Grading). Let me be 100% clear on this statement. No cadet will be subject to discrimination, appearance is a general term used only to describe the professional look and behavior one must possess in the PS occupations. Those who misbehave or don’t follow these simple rules will be asked to leave the program. Cadets who fail to give optimum performance in the fitness and appearance areas cannot pass the course. A military grading scale for fitness will be used to evaluate each student. Appearance will also be judged along military lines for example; clean uniform, hair neatly trimmed or styled, boots polished, courteousness, and so on. Cadets will be held to the highest of standards and will be evaluated from the moment they walk through the door. This program aims to build the “total package” employers want and need.
Cadets will be expected to work individually and with peers. Team building is important in PS but so is self-reliance. One should be able to operate under austere conditions and succeed individually or as a group. A “failure is not an option” attitude should be brought to class every day. Those who do will find themselves ahead in any situation. Group projects will be a part of PS and all involved are responsible for the grade. Cadets completing the program will have developed the necessary skills to think critically, take responsibility, and deal with situations reasonably.
While in attendance Cadets are to follow all rules of Jeff Tech found in the student handbooks as well as the rules of the PS program. Cadets should come motivated to work hard every day. This program will be physically and mentally challenging. Cadets will be expected to fully participate in activities they have never done before. It must be understood that there is potential for injury during fitness and with some of the training activities which is why cadets will give their undivided attention to the instructor at all times. The reward of gaining these valuable certifications and experience that will pay off in the near future is worth the sacrifice. Some possible occupations in PS are law enforcement, security, EMS, dispatchers, and fire fighters to name a few. So once again welcome to the Jeff Tech Security and Protective Services program.
Note: I will maintain an open door policy for cadets and parents/guardians. If there is any problem please feel free to come see me so that we can come up with a plan to fix it. This policy will always be in effect unless it is abused. However I will not turn away any cadet seeking help with class lecture material, practical training, and advice I can offer.
Now that you have read the PS Student Handout for the program please sign below and return. By doing so you are agreeing that you understand what is expected of you while participating in the program. Parents/Guardians if there are any questions please contact the school at 814-653-8265 and I will clear up any misunderstandings ASAP. Cadets with questions should see me immediately after class. I will keep these on record every year.
Cadet Printed Name, Signature,
Parent/Guardian Printed Name,
Last Modified on August 14, 2008