CAPS class exploring careers in law & public safety
We are less than a month into the spring semester of our CAPS Law and Public Safety class yet we have already experienced a wide variety of opportunities in the legal community. We have learned the basic fundamentals of due process, criminal procedure and civil procedure from practicing attorneys. We have started our series of meetings with our wonderful community partners, Overland Park Police Department and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. We have met with federal agencies Department of Homeland Security and the United States Marshal Service to discuss their roles in government, especially within the new administration. We were joined by the medical and education strands of CAPS as we learned about the important services provided by Safehome, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to vulnerable members in our society. We have studied the basic principles of forensic psychology and were able to analyze the investigation of a notorious serial killer in Johnson County. We have toured the correctional facilities at the Juvenile Intake Assessment Center and the Johnson County Detention Center. Our field trips have allowed us the opportunities to watch oral arguments being held before the Kansas Supreme Court, meet with the State of Kansas House of Representatives Speaker of the House on the House floor, sit down and have a question and answer session with the Overland Park Chief of Police and meet with a sitting Federal Court Judge in both his courtroom and in his magnificent chambers. This is just the beginning and many more experiences await us as our students continue to explore legal career field options available to them. It should be a fun and educational journey!