Latest 2017 Law and Order ECS Posts

March 22, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Beyond the Reasonable Doubt - Preparing for the Mock Trial

In the final week, Mock Trial and presentation of projects have become our priority. At the beginning of the day, students broke into presentation groups to practice on their projects and to make final edits. Through an hour long practice, students have shown a great confidence on their work. The topics of their project are around law enforcement. Some of them are judicial review in U.S. , modern technology in the law enforcement system, and poverty related crimes.  At about 9:30 a.m...
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March 20, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Would you have what it takes to be a police officer?

Today, after a tour in Douglas County Jail, we headed to the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation, a location created with the purpose of providing firearms training for the officers. We had the chance to go into the Tactical Training Building, where the digital firearms simulation system is located. This system was created for actual officers that have to face challenges based on real life situations, and react accordingly to what they think is appropriate for each case....
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March 13, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Creating Laws

For much of the first week of the Law and Order ECS, we investigated the enforcement of legislation by visiting the police and jails. In addition, we also visited the courts to witness the process in which the accused is tried for his or her charges and learned more about the rights of the accused. Now, our class was able to see the process of creating a law for the police to enforce and the courts to judge. In order to learn more about the process of creating laws, we attended a session...
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March 11, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Police Ride Alongs and Prison Museum

Riding with the Florence Police Department Estin N. ‘20 Today, we learned about rural law enforcement. In order to do this, we visited the Florence Police Department in Florence, Colorado. While here, we learned about the differences between rural law enforcement and metropolitan law enforcement. While the answers did vary depending on the officer, the most common answer to appear was that specialization was not possible in smaller communities. The CSI department, for example,...
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March 10, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Careeers in the Legal System

Meeting different people, visiting all kinds of places, and exploring criminal justice system is always our ECS mission. Today’s experience was no different; we visited the county courthouse, which is located downtown, and listened to stories about people’s careers in the legal system. From judge to probation officer, public defenders, and district attorney. They shared ideas about their careers, and we listened to them actively and asked many good questions. We arrived at the courthouse...
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March 08, 2017

Law & Order ECS | To Protect & Serve: Democracy in Action and Teens Decide!

Our civil justice system focuses on protecting our rights and serving our citizens. This became progressively apparent during our visit with the Colorado Springs Police Department. CSPD showed us how they serve us, the citizens, and how they protect us. We started with a discussion of different divisions of police work, such as vice and narcotics, investigations (street work, interviews, investigation beyond the crime scene out in the field), and crime scene investigation (labs and...
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March 07, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Bill of Rights and Jail

On the first day of the Law & Order ECS, the group split into two groups. One group went to the El Paso County Jail while the second and group stayed at school and focused on interpreting the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights group asked the question “what determines a right from a privilege from a law?” The class determined that a right is a concrete privilege which every citizen enjoys which can only be taken away in special circumstances. Meanwhile a privilege would be similar to...
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February 01, 2017

Law & Order | Course Description

Law and Order: An exploration of the inner workings of the American system of criminal justice This ECS partners with local lawyers, judges, police, and others, to give students an insider’s look at workings of the American criminal justice system, from arrest, to trial, to incarceration. Students visit jails, prisons, prison museums, courtrooms and police stations in Colorado Springs, Denver, Florence, and Canon City to meet with men and women who work everyday in some aspect of criminal...
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March 20, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Would you have what it takes to be a police officer?

Today, after a tour in Douglas County Jail, we headed to the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Foundation, a location created with the purpose of providing firearms training for the officers. We had the chance to go into the Tactical Training Building, where the digital firearms simulation...
» read more
March 13, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Creating Laws

For much of the first week of the Law and Order ECS, we investigated the enforcement of legislation by visiting the police and jails. In addition, we also visited the courts to witness the process in which the accused is tried for his or her charges and learned more about the rights of the accused...
» read more
March 11, 2017

Law & Order ECS | Police Ride Alongs and Prison Museum

Riding with the Florence Police Department Estin N. ‘20 Today, we learned about rural law enforcement. In order to do this, we visited the Florence Police Department in Florence, Colorado. While here, we learned about the differences between rural law enforcement and metropolitan law...
» read more
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