Public Safety Services provides training to 11th and 12th-grade students in the fields of law enforcement, security, corrections, and other public safety occupations. Students will also learn to proficiently pilot unmanned remote aircraft (Drone) weighing less than 55 pounds to assist in search and rescue and other law enforcement efforts.
Students learn in a classroom setting and through practical hands-on exercises pertaining to the public safety field.
Upon successful completion of the program, students receive industry-related certifications such as NYS Security Guard certification, AHA CPR/AED Certification, as well as multiple FEMA certifications.
Corrections Concepts and Skills
Crime Scene and Investigations
Health and Fitness (Home school P.E. credit)
Police Concepts and Skills Security Operation
Students will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the public safety industry and visit the following institutions:
Public Safety Services Teacher
Hi my name is Dennis Barnett and I’m the Public Safety Services Instructor. This is my 5th year working here in CTE, but I have 25 years of experience in this field. I went to the University of Scranton and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice & Sociology. I knew I wanted to go into this field because my dad was a police officer and as a child, I always found police work interesting. In 1997 I became a Federal Police Officer for the US Mint. I went to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy and was assigned to the US Mint at West Point. While serving in that capacity, I made the US treasury SWAT team, and guarded numerous high risk federal targets(persons and buildings) as well as complete high risk warrant service. After working at that position for 2 years, I left to become a Town of Montgomery Police Officer. I attended the Orange County Police Academy and I worked at the TMPD for 21 years. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2006 and held that rank until my retirement in 2018. I was the senior Sergeant for the last 6 years of my career. While employed at the TMPD, I joined the Orange County Special Operations Group in 2008 and was a SWAT operator until 2018. I was involved in over 200 high risk missions(warrant service, hostage situations, barricaded subjects, and executive protection) throughout Orange County. I hold multiple law enforcement accommodations and awards. I have taught all over the United States and at several local Police Academies consistently. In addition to being the SB PSS teacher, I work as a part- time police officer and hold the rank of Sergeant for the Maybrook Police Department. The best part of my program is that my students will gain or renew a strong confidence in themselves and their abilities. They will learn many different aspects of the Public Safety field and be put on a course for future success whether in college or in military services. I enjoy playing hockey, skiing and riding my motorcycle. A fun fact about me is that I love the beach.
Hi my name is Laura Gettel and I’m the Teaching Assistant for the Public Safety Services program. I went to Tri-Valley High School and then continued on to SUNY Sullivan and Dominican College. I have been working here at CTE for 13 years and worked in Special Education for 19 years prior to that. I had many job duties and worked with elementary, junior high and high school. I worked in various subjects such as art and music and I also worked in the Alternative Learning Center. All in al,l I have 32 years of experience in my field. What I think is the best part of this program is that my students get to work with others of diverse backgrounds and develop strong problem solving skills. In my free time I like to raise chickens and goats, hunt, fish and camp with my family. An interesting fact about me is that I used to drag race snowmobiles on the ice.