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High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety

Grades: 9-12
116-25 Guy R Brewer Boulevard
Jamaica NY 11434
Phone: 718-977-4800

Our Insights

What’s Special

Classes preparing students for careers in police work and law

The Downside

Safety and discipline issues

The High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety seeks to prepare students for careers in law, police work and related fields.  
The law enforcement theme pervades many of the regular academic classes, and the school offers specialized courses, such as criminology, forensic science, criminal justice and NYPD fitness. The school works with the Police Department and Police Athletic League.
The facility was built specifically for the school, which opened in 2003. In 2011 it added a new forensic science unit, where students learn to analyze fingerprints, hair, and DNA samples, and then learn how the data is used in a court of law.
Students interested in becoming police may participate in an Explorers program run by the New York Police Department. These students wear special uniforms and play a leadership role in the school.
An educator who visited Law Enforcement praised the school for giving students a real voice. Student concerns about being able to a pass the Police Department’s physical test, for example, prompted Law Enforcement to offer the NYPD fitness class, where students go to the police academy to get a better sense of what is required.
The school has several clubs including Girls on Point, created partly by female students to provide mentoring and other services. There are a few sports, including a co-ed double Dutch team.
Perhaps ironically given its focus, Law Enforcement has issues with discipline and safety. An unusually high percentage of students repsponding to a DOE survey said they do not feel safe in the school and even more feel unsafe outside it. Many students cited bullying as a problem and teachers responding to the survey saw a lack of discipline and respect in the building.
Special education: Law Enforcement offers a range of special education services, including team teaching classes with a mix of general and special education services and self-contained classes.
Admissions: The school screens students based on their academic records,  its standards are fairly lenient; students can, for example qualify with a 65 average. Queens students get priority but any New York City resident can apply. The school does not fill all of its seats and has a significant number of openings for incoming 10th graders.(Gail Robinson, DOE materials, November 2018)
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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Law Enforcement and Public Safety
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

Challenging standards-driven academic program. In collaboration with the school community and various partners, students will be introduced to careers in law enforcement and public safety.

High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Outdoor Track

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Jamaica (District 28)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q111, Q113, Q114, Q4, Q5, Q6, Q84, Q85, QM21, X63


Laura Van Deren
Parent Coordinator
Laura Van Deren

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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