Offered for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, the Protective Services Program is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry-level duties in law enforcement, firefighting, EMT and other safety services. This program stresses the techniques,method s 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.
It is essential that anyone entering the Protective Services Program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform and entry level duties as a police officer, firefighter, paramedic and other safety services. Physical development and self confidence skills are emphasized due to the nature of the occupation. The employee should be trained in criminal and civil law, emergency responses to all types of incidents.
Working conditions vary from day to day operations. Physical agility is required as well as mental stability. Employees in this field are often required to work shift duty and long hours. Job hazards include bodily injuries and possibly fatalities. Rewards include saving lives and helping those in need.
Skill Level Median Salary 1.Records Officer $30,000.00 2. Dispatcher $30,000.00 3. EMT $32,000.00 4. Patrolman $55,000.00EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
Job opportunities are plentiful. Police officer and paid firefighters are in demand with future projected growth. Increases in population, crime and disasters contribute to job growth. Public service workers have increased since 911.3
POST SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Police Academy
Reading Area Community College
Northampton Community College