Street Law for Police & Teens (complete curriculum) (PDF version)

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  • Format: .PDF containing 20 lesson plans, plus access to web-based ancillary materials (individual units are also available for sale)
  • Ideal for: grades 8-12
  • Written by: Lena Morreale Scott
  • © 2016 Street Law, Inc. 
  • The purchaser of this product may duplicate the student materials in this text for use in her or his classroom. Permissions questions? Email

Lesson Index 

Unit One: Community Policing—Working Together for Safer Communities & Schools

  1. Making Our Communities Safer Together (sample lesson)
  2. Cops on Call & on the Beat
  3. Introduction to the Rule of Law
  4. Community Policing & the Rule of Law
  5. Crime Scene: Are You a Good Witness?

Unit Two: Police Procedures/Your Rights & Responsibilities

  1. Traffic Stops: Your Rights & Responsibilities
  2. Police Searches: Lawful Procedures & Fourth Amendment Protections
  3. Police Searches in Schools
  4. Rights & Responsibilities During an Arrest
  5. Use of Force or Deadly Force

Unit Three: Crimes, Law, & Policy

  1. Introduction to Criminal Law: Should It Be a Crime?
  2. Writing, Interpreting, & Enforcing Laws
  3. Restorative Justice & Supporting Victims of Crime
  4. Racial Profiling
  5. Evaluating Solutions to End Racial Profiling

Unit Four: Personal Safety and Health

  1. Bullying & Intimidation
  2. Cyberbullying
  3. Alcohol, Risk, & Liability
  4. Dating & Sexual Assault
  5. Child Abuse & Neglect: Reducing Risk. Building Resilience.


Street Law for Police & Teens provides law enforcement officers with lesson plans for use in school and community settings. The lesson plans are designed to be co-taught by a classroom teacher (or community educator) and a law enforcement officer. 

The curriculum strives to build positive relationships between police and young people, while empowering youth with legal knowledge and civic skills. Group discussions and hands-on activities help participants explore the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of young people and the police officers that serve them in their communities. The result is an open, two-way dialogue that builds awareness, respect, empathy, and understanding.

The four-unit, 20-lesson plan curriculum is easy to follow and full of interactive strategies that promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Group discussions and hands-on activities help participants explore the roles and responsibilities of both police officers and members of the community. The result is an open, two-way dialogue that builds:

  • Understanding of the officers' role in the community;
  • Ability of students and/or community members to voice their concerns;
  • Empathy for the role of the police officers;
  • Awareness of the needs of the public; and
  • Mutual trust between police and students and/or community members.

The curriculum includes access to useful web-based resources that further equip police officers to teach, including detailed teaching strategy instructions, presentation slides to accompany the lessons, extension activities, and tips for using the lessons effectively in both school and community settings.