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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Program


The Law Enforcement major will focus on critical thinking, conflict management skills, and fundamental character building in each student. Mrs. Sparks strives to develop a well informed and overall better individual by focusing on Law Enforcement elements. The 2012-23 school year is Mrs. Sparks’ 28th overall year of teaching and her 14th year teaching Law Enforcement at VTCTA.


Law Enforcement officers are in great demand around the country at all levels- Federal, State, and Local- and in numerous agencies.  U.S. Citizens want their Law Enforcement officers to be compassionate, honorable, fair, and well trained.


Law Enforcement studies will include:

  • Radio protocol
  • Vehicle stops
  • Map reading
  • Command presence
  • Handcuffing
  • Search/Pat downs
  • Investigation procedures
  • MILO simulator
  • Weapons nomenclature, handling and range safety
  • Conflict management
  • De Escalation Skills


“I am honored and excited to work with you to become a better citizen of the world.” -- Mrs. Sparks

Meet our Instructors:


Michele Sparks/Law Enforcement Lead Instructor


  • BA, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • ME, Education Technology, Lesley University
  • Advisor, SkillsUSA
  • Advisor, Sentinel Color Guard

Students who Major in Law Enforcement will take the following courses:


This course sequence pertains to the school year 2023-24 and forward


  • 9th-Law Enforcement I
  • 10th-Law Enforcement II
  • 11th--Criminal Justice 
  • 12th-Law Enforcement Advanced Studies (TBD)


We also encourage all Law Enforcement students to Minor in one of the following areas in their Jr. year:

  • Criminal Justice (supplementary program)
  • Forensic Science
  • 9-1-1 Dispatch
  • Cybersecurity


Recommended Coursework Includes:

  • 11th--Sociology 
  • 12th-AP Psychology

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is a proud sponsor of the Law Enforcement Explorer Program


** This volunteer program gives young men and women ages 16 to 20 a unique hands-on chance to determine if they want to pursue a career in law enforcement. It also builds trust and cooperation between youth and the police department, and enhances self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem.


** Law Enforcement Exploring is part of a national Learning for Life program, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.


** The LVMPD currently sponsors Explorer posts which focus in four main fields of law enforcement: Corrections, Crime Scene Investigation, Dispatch and Patrol.


** Each post is headed by an Advisor, who specializes in the area the post is involved with.


** These officers and civilian employees train and educate Explorers in a number of law enforcement subjects as well as in the LVMPD operations. The Advisors and Associate Advisors, many of whom are former Explorers themselves, volunteer the time they spend with the program.


** For more information see the LVMPD Exploring webpage: