Public Safety/Criminal Justice

This program is designed for students who want to learn what it takes to become a law enforcement officer; wear the gear of a firefighter; understand the diversity of the correctional system; examine the duty of the courts and collect and examine evidence like a forensic investigator.  Through hands-on skill building, guest speakers, field trips and career exploration projects, students investigate the variety of career opportunities available to them in public safety and criminal justice while earning industry-recognized credentials through the Federal Emergency Management Institute.

What We Do

Course objectives are covered through: guest speakers, field trips, career exploration projects, lecture and class discussion, project based learning, and simulated crime scene activities and patrol procedure scenarios.

Program Instructor

Debra Perkins

Debra Perkins began her teaching career with Stafford Technical Center in the fall 2013. She graduated from the College of St. Joseph with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership. She has been a Law Enforcement Officer for more than 20 years, serving as a West Virginia State Trooper for 9 years and the remainder as a Rutland City Police Officer. During her law enforcement career, she served as a Polygrapher, Detective, Accreditation Manager and a Patrol Sergeant. Deb is a graduate of the 243rd session of the FBI National Academy. She enjoys camping, hiking, and gardening.
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Rebecca Heibler, Class of 2015

It’s a once in a lifetime chance to learn a trade/skill in something you enjoy and it’s all paid for. You can come out of school with a better chance to land your dream job. Take a chance and attend Stafford!




Program Advisory Committee

Sheriff Stephen BernardRutland County Sheriff’s Department
Lt. Michael Studin Vermont State Police
Lt. Kevin Geno Rutland County Sheriff’s Department
Mark Stockton Stockton Security
Mike DavidsonDepartment Of Liquor Control
Tom CurranDepartment Of Liquor Control
Sgt. BandyVT Army National Guard

Dual Enrollments/College Credits

College credits through the Community College of Vermont for Introduction to Criminal Justice


American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED, Industry recognized Credentials earned through online coursework from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Students completing 90% of the Core Competencies will receive a certificate from Stafford Technical Center.

Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Private Security$24,680
Emergency Medical Services$31,980
Military$30,000 – $100,000
Law Enforcement$60,270

*Average Salaries taken from the Department of Labor (


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: able to perform customary measurement; ability to perform physical labor/activities on the job site and in classroom; ability to work well with others; effective communication skills; commitment to avoid unlawful and delinquent behavior
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 10
Scales for standards assessed in this program may be found here