Criminal Justice Training Center

Ron Lowenberg, Dean/Director

For more information contact:
Rick Hicks
Center Coordinator
rhicks@gwc.cccd.edu

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Criminal Justice Training Center, a Regional Law Enforcement Training Facility, is deeply committed to the college’s mission to deliver high quality learning and learning related services to students and the community we serve. Our top priority is to provide educational, vocational and technical training that will lead to transfer to a university, specialized employment, or career advancement.

All three (3) programs offered at the Criminal Justice Training Center are flexible to meet the constantly changing training needs of the law enforcement profession. These needs are established collectively and independently by Municipal, County and State law enforcement agencies.

Furthermore, state certification standards for police officers, established and mandated by the State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.), are constantly in transition to meet the ever-changing demands placed on law enforcement in the State of California.

Set in a non-traditional matrix, the CJTC is divided into three (3) major and complex programs, each having different and specific delivery requirements. Even though seemingly independent of each other, each program nevertheless has areas that are interwoven and inter-dependent with no one area more or less important than the other.

Josephson Institute - Six Pillars of Character
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Leadership and Ethics Institute

Police Academy Associate in Arts Degree

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Science Degree in Administration of Justice for Transfer

Required Courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Corrections

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Police Academy Associate in Arts Degree

Program Requirements

As a prerequisite for admittance to the Regular Basic Course (Police Academy) and the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (State Investigators Academy), applicants must certify that they are free from any physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that would adversely affect their behavior so as to create an undue risk of harm to themselves, other students, instructors, or other persons. If the Program Director determines an applicant is not free from such a physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition, the Program Director, with the agreement of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning, shall, as soon as possible, arrange for such an applicant to be examined by one of the following: 1) a licensed physician, or 2) a licensed clinical psychologist who has a Ph.D. in psychology and at least five years of postgraduate experience in diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders. This expert will determine if the denial of admission to the program was based upon reasonable grounds. If so, the applicant will not be admitted to the program. If the expert determines reasonable grounds do not exist, the applicant will be admitted to the program. Applicants may appeal the denial of admission to the Division Dean, on the grounds they have met this prerequisite. Following the appeal to the Dean, applicants may make a final written appeal to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning.

Maintenance of a satisfactory physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental condition is required throughout enrollment in the Basic Course Programs. If at any time the Program Director determines a student is not meeting this requirement, the Program Director may refer the student to a physician or clinical psychologist and follow the procedures outlined in the preceding paragraph. The physician or psychologist will determine if the student should be dismissed from the program. Students may appeal their dismissal to the Division Dean. Following the appeal to the Dean, students may make a final written appeal to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning of the college. The College does not assume any responsibility for the student’s physical, behavioral, emotional or mental condition. The student at all times is personally responsible for these conditions and is obligated to report in writing to the course instructor if the student’s ability to participate in the course is impaired in any way.

Basic Course Programs
A. Regular Basic Course (RBC)
(Police Academy)

  • Criminal Justice G064, and G065 are the required courses identified as the Regular Basic Course (Police Academy Program). The Academy entrance requirements will be verified through successful completion of Criminal Justice G054 (Pre-Academy orientation Class). The following prerequisites and requirements are applicable to the Regular Basic Course.
  • Students must possess a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Students must not have any Federal or State Felony convictions.
  • Students must obtain from the Department of Justice written certification that there is nothing in their criminal history background which would disqualify them from owning, possessing, or having under their control, any firearm capable of being concealed on their person.
  • Students must certify their physical fitness for the course by obtaining and providing the college with the results of a medical examination including a resting EKG, verified and interpreted by a physician (Agency affiliates refer to item #10).
  • Students must successfully complete a P.O.S.T. prescribed reading and writing skills examination.
  • Students must pass a job-related physical agility test.
  • Students must participate in an oral interview to determine their suitability for the academy program and potential for employment as a police officer.
  • Students must pass a Traits Profile Assessment and be free from any physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that would adversely affect their behavior so as to create an undue risk of harm to themselves, students, instructors or other persons.
  • Students must execute an agreement assuming the risk of harm from participating in the course and releasing the District from any liability from such harm.
  • Agency affiliates are expected to meet the minimal standards prescribed by P.O.S.T.
  • Contact the Criminal Justice Training Center office for Academy admission procedures.

B. Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC)
(State and County Welfare Fraud Investigator Academy)

  • Criminal Justice G090 and G098 are the required courses for the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC). The following prerequisites and requirements are applicable to the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course:
  • Students must be employed by a state or county agency and sponsored by the employing agency.
  • Students must be appointed by a state or county agency into a specialized investigator or welfare fraud Investigator position as described in California Penal Code Sections 832.5 and 113510.5.
  • Students must possess a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Students must not have any Federal or State Felony convictions.
  • Students must successfully pass a California Peace Officer Background investigation by their employing agency.
  • Students must execute an agreement assuming the risk of harm from participating in the course and releasing the District from any liability from such harm.
  • Students are expected to meet the minimal standards prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.
  • Contact the Criminal Justice Training Center office for Specialized Investigators’ Course admission procedures.
Program Level Learning Outcomes – Police Academy AA Degree

The student will demonstrate the skills, abilities, and knowledge to enter a peace officer field-training program, and execute the duties of a peace officer in society.

Order of Courses and When Offered

The required courses set forth under either of the two academy programs must be taken concurrently. The required courses are commonly referred to as the “police academy.” They consist of approximately 1,000 hours of instruction delivered over a 24-week period in the Regular Basic Course and approximately 640 hours of instruction delivered over a 16-week period in the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course. Each of these police academy programs are offered two to three times per calendar year.

Required courses – Police Academy AA degree

Police Academy – Regular Basic Course (25 total units):
Criminal Justice G064 – Police Academy – Regular Basic Course – 23 units

Criminal Justice G065 – Police Academy – Lifetime Health and Fitness – 2 units

or

Police Academy – Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (18 total units):
Criminal Justice G090 – Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC) – 15 units
Criminal Justice G098 – Report Writing for SIBC – 3 units

Total units: 18-25


Semester at a Glance – Police Academy AA Degree

Semester 1
Police Academy – Regular Basic Course (25 total units):
Criminal Justice G064 – Police Academy – Regular Basic Course – 23 units
Criminal Justice G065 – Police Academy – Lifetime Health and Fitness – 2 units

or

Police Academy – Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (18 total units):
Criminal Justice G090 – Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC) – 15 units
Criminal Justice G098 – Report Writing for SIBC – 3 units

Semester 2
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18-25 units
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or  IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Associate in Science Degree in Administration of Justice for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree is an excellent way to develop base concepts of criminal law, corrections and criminal justice in the United States. This degree will provide a basis for understanding Core principles used in criminal justice, and therefore prepare graduates for career opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Students in the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree can develop careers in areas such as education, detention officer, dispatcher, probation/parole officer, police officer, deputy sheriff, and attorney. The Criminal Justice department offers courses from beginning to advanced. All courses are designed to develop students’ observation skills, practical application, and written abilities. Students will be prepared for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Criminal Justice at a CSU.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.
  • Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.
Required Courses – AS-T Degree in Administration of Justice
  • CJ G140 (Core) Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
  • CJ G141 (Core) Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
  • CJ G110 (List A) Criminal Investigation – 3 unit
  • CJ G137 (List A) Community Relations and Special Issues in Criminal Justice – 3 Units
  • Select two courses (List B six units):
    SOC G100 Intro to Sociology – 3 units
    SOC G100H Intro to Sociology Honors – 3 units
    MATH G160 Intro to Statistics – 4 units
    PSYC G100 Intro to Psychology – 3 units
    PSCI G180 American Government – 3 units
    PHIL G115 Logic and Critical Thinking – 3 units
Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer in Administration of Justice

Semester 1
CJ G140 (Core) Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
CJ G141 (Core) Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
CJ G110 (List A) Criminal Investigation – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
CJ G137 (List A) Community Relations and Special Issues in Criminal Justice – 3 Units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Select two courses (List B six units)
SOC G100 Intro to Sociology – 3 units
SOC G100H Intro to Sociology Honors – 3 units
MATH G160 Intro to Statistics – 4 units
PSYC G100 Intro to Psychology – 3 units
PSCI G180 American Government – 3 units
PHIL G115 Logic and Critical Thinking – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 18 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted 6-12 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60) 11-15 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice

Theories, principles, and techniques of law enforcement agencies, juvenile justice, and corrections.

Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate the biological, psychological, and social causes of criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate sources of information for criminal investigations.
  • Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.
  • Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.
  • Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.
  • Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.
  • Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.

Required courses – Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice

CJ G140 – Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
CJ G141 – Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
CJ G128 – Criminal Procedure (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G146 – Report Writing – 3 units
CJ G130 – Character Development (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G110 – Criminal Investigation – 3 units

Choose one Criminal Justice elective course from the following:
CJ G115 – Organized Crime and Terrorism (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G123 – Juvenile Law – 3 units
CJ G150 – Introduction to Corrections – 3 units
CJ G151 – Practical Aspects of Corrections – 3 units
CJ G152 – Case Planning and Supervision – 3 units

Total units: 21


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Administration of Justice

Semester 1
CJ G140 – Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
CJ G141 – Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
CJ G128 (Spring only) – Criminal Procedure – 3 units
CJ G146 – Report Writing – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
CJ G130 (Spring only) – Character Development – 3 units
CJ G110 – Criminal Investigation – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Choose one Criminal Justice elective course from the following:
CJ G115 (Spring only) – Organized Crime and Terrorism – 3 units
CJ G123 – Juvenile Law – 3 units
CJ G150 – Introduction to Corrections – 3 units
CJ G151 – Practical Aspects of Corrections – 3 units
CJ G152 – Case Planning and Supervision – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 21 units
GE Pattern: GWC AA, CSU General Education Breadth or  IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units


Associate in Arts Degree in Corrections

Theories, principles, and techniques of juvenile justice and corrections.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Describe the roles of corrections professionals within the adult and juvenile justice systems.
  • Recognize the differences in staff and inmate hierarchies within the correctional environment.
  • Identify the components of an integrated and strategic supervision model for community corrections that reduces offender recidivism.
  • Describe the principles of evidence-based practice used by human service professionals to achieve effective interventions.
  • Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.
  • Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.
  • Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.
  • Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.
  • Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.
Required courses

CJ G123 – Juvenile Law – 3 units
CJ G128 – Criminal Procedure (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G130 – Character Development (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G141 – Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
CJ G146 – Report Writing – 3 units
CJ G150 – Introduction to Corrections – 3 units
CJ G151 – Practical Aspects of Corrections – 3 units
CJ G152 – Case Planning and Supervision – 3 units

Total units: 24


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Corrections

Semester 1
CJ G123 – Juvenile Law – 3 units
CJ G141 – Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
CJ G128 (Spring only) – Criminal Procedure – 3 units
CJ G130 (Spring only) – Character Development – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
CJ G146 – Report Writing – 3 units
CJ G150 (Spring only) – Introduction to Corrections – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
CJ G151 – Practical Aspects of Corrections – 3 units
CJ G152 (Spring only) – Case Planning and Supervision – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 24 units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU General Education Breadth or  IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Law Enforcement – Certificate of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Law Enforcement – Certificate of Achievement

This curriculum was developed with an advisory committee comprised of Criminal Justice administrators. Its purpose is to provide basic fundamentals for entry into any type of Criminal Justice agency. The curriculum leads to a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice.

It is suggested that courses be taken in the order they are listed. However, courses may be taken in any order provided prerequisites have been met. Following are the three different options to obtain this certificate.

As a prerequisite for admittance to the Regular Basic Course (Police Academy) and the Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (State Investigators Academy), applicants must certify that they are free from any physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition that would adversely affect their behavior so as to create an undue risk of harm to themselves, other students, instructors, or other persons. If the Program Director determines an applicant is not free from such a physical, behavioral, emotional, or mental condition, the Program Director, with the agreement of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning, shall, as soon as possible, arrange for such an applicant to be examined by one of the following: 1) a licensed physician, or 2) a licensed clinical psychologist who has a Ph.D. in psychology and at least five years of postgraduate experience in diagnosis and treatment of emotional and mental disorders. This expert will determine if the denial of admission to the program was based upon reasonable grounds. If so, the applicant will not be admitted to the program. If the expert determines reasonable grounds do not exist, the applicant will be admitted to the program. Applicants may appeal the denial of admission to the Division Dean, on the grounds they have met this prerequisite. Following the appeal to the Dean, applicants may make a final written appeal to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Learning.

Maintenance of a satisfactory physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental condition is required throughout enrollment in the Basic Course Programs. If at any time the Program Director determines a student is not meeting this requirement, the Program Director may refer the student to a physician or clinical psychologist and follow the procedures outlined in the preceding paragraph. The physician or psychologist will determine if the student should be dismissed from the program. Students may appeal their dismissal to the Division Dean. Following the appeal to the Dean, students may make a final written appeal to the Vice President of Student Instruction and Learning of the college. The College does not assume any responsibility for the student’s physical, behavioral, emotional or mental condition. The student at all times is personally responsible for these conditions and is obligated to report in writing to the course instructor if the student’s ability to participate in the course is impaired in any way.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate the biological, psychological, and social causes of criminal behavior.
  • Summarize the punishment philosophies of criminal law.
  • Demonstrate appropriate First Aid procedures.
  • Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.
  • Discuss and practice the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.
Required courses

Criminal Justice G064* – Police Academy – Regular Basic Course – 23 units
Criminal Justice G065* – Police Academy – Lifetime Health and Fitness – 2 units
*Courses must be taken as corequisites

Total units: 25

or

Criminal Justice G090* – Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course (SIBC) – 15 units
Criminal Justice G098* – Report Writing for SIBC – 3 units
*Courses must be taken as corequisites

Total units: 18

or

CJ G140 – Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
CJ G141 – Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units
CJ G128 – Criminal Procedure (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G139 – EMS – First Aid/CPR (spring only) – 3 units
CJ G146 – Police Report Writing – 3 units
CJ G130 – Character Development – 3 units
CJ G137 – Special Issues in Law Enforcement – 3 units

Total units: 21


Semester at a Glance – Law Enforcement – Certificate of Achievement

Below is a recommended sequence:

Option 1:
Semester 1
CJ G064*Police Academy Program – 23 units
(P.O.S.T. Regular Basic Course)
CJ G065* Police Academy – Lifetime Health & Fitness 1 – 2 units
*Courses must be taken as Corequisites

Total units 25

or

Option 2:
Semester 1
CJ G090*Specialized Investigator Program – 15 units
(P.O.S.T. Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course)
CJ G098* Report Writing for Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course – 3 units
*Courses must be taken as Corequisites

Total units 18

or

Option 3
Semester 1
CJ G140 – Intro to Criminal Justice – 3 units
CJ G141- Concepts of Criminal Law – 3 units

Semester 2
CJ G128 (Spring only) – Criminal Procedure – 3 units

Semester 3
CJ G139 (Spring only) – EMS – First Aid/CPR – 3 units
CJ G146 – Police Report Writing – 3 units

Semester 4
CJ G130 – Character Development – 3 units
CJ G137 – Special Issues in Law Enforcement – 3 units

Total units: 21

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE G005 –  0.25-0.5 Units
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Arrest and Control Techniques
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G064
Continuing professional training for in-service officers that is intended to meet the new legislative mandated training requirements. This section deals with arrest and control techniques in the areas of carotid holds, take down and arrest procedures, handcuffing, etc. A one week course. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G046 – 4 Units
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Civilian Supervisory, Law Enforcement
P.O.S.T. certified course providing newly appointed or experienced civilian supervisors with formal training in the concepts, techniques and practical application of basic supervisory skills as they pertain to police operations. An eighty hour, two week course. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G054 – 2 Units
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Police Academy, Regular Basic Course, Orientation
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the police academy training program and provide a better understanding of the requirements and commitments that must be considered. This comprehensive program will assess the suitability and employability of potential academy recruits. Students will be required to complete job-related tests in preparation for the police academy and a career as a police officer. A four-week course. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G055 – 1.5 Units
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Pre-Academy Physical Fitness
The Pre-Academy Physical Fitness Course is designed to prepare students for the physical aspects of the police academy course approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST). Students will perform various physical exercises including the POST-mandated physical agility test (99-yard agility run, body drag, six-foot solid wall, six-foot chain link fence & 500-yard run), cardiovascular endurance exercises, and various calisthenics. Proper body mechanics, techniques, and conditioning principles will be applied with an emphasis on proper nutrition and injury prevention. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G064 – 23 Units
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Police Academy – Regular Basic Course
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G054
Corequisites: Criminal Justice G065
This course provides the fundamentals of basic police training in compliance with the minimum standards established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The training includes community based policing concepts, techniques, and observation of application. Student will be graded and evaluated on academic accomplishment, physical skills, handgun proficiency, and demeanor. Forty hours per week for 24 weeks. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G065 – 2 Units
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Police Academy – Lifetime Health & Fitness
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G054
Corequisites: Criminal Justice G064
The Lifetime Fitness course stresses the important components of a lifestyle that supports the development and maintenance of good physical and mental health and reduces the risk of illness or injury. The primary focus emphasizes sound physical and mental health and the direct impact on the fitness and endurance of the law enforcement professional. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G070 – 4 Units
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Sergeant Supervisory, Law Enforcement
P.O.S.T. certified 80-hour course. Fundamentals of police supervision and management, including training, supervision and evaluation. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G078 – 6.5 Units
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Public Safety Dispatcher Basic (Intensive Format)
Advisories: The student should be currently employed as a dispatcher for a public safety agency. The student should have a basic understanding of the following subjects as they apply to the position of dispatcher: California statutory codes, law enforcement radio codes; the phonetic alphabet; military time; police jargon and abbreviations; telephone and radio procedures.
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a dispatcher within a public safety agency. This course provides standardized dispatcher training and introduces students to the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a communications center in a productive and professional manner. This intensive format course is approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and is designed for the student who is currently employed as a dispatcher for a public safety agency. A three-week course. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G079 –  6.5 Units
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Public Safety Dispatcher Basic (Extended Format)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the basic roles, responsibilities, and duties of a dispatcher within a public safety agency. This course provides standardized dispatcher training and introduces students to the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a communications center in a productive and professional manner. This extended format course is approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and is designed for the entry level student who is not currently employed as a dispatcher with a public safety agency. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G080 – 2 Units
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Communications Training Officer
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G078 and minimum of one year experience as a public safety dispatcher
This course provides the fundamentals of one to one dispatcher training, demonstration skills for teaching 911/public safety radio techniques and methods of evaluating probationary public safety dispatchers. Will provide the student with skills necessary to effectively manage the demands of the assignment as a trainer. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G090 –  15 Units
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Specialized Investigator’s Basic Course (SIBC)
Prerequisites: Current employment as a Specialized Investigator or Specialized Investigator Trainee in a California law enforcement agency
Corequisites: Criminal Justice G098
This course presents the basic knowledge, skills and ethical standards to satisfy the minimum required learning domains established by the California Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) for persons serving as Specialized Investigators in the State of California. The course includes academic, physical, psychomotor and affective (ethical behavior) student learning objectives. Letter grade does not guarantee receiving a POST certificate. Students must achieve success in all domains established by POST standards to be awarded a POST certificate of completion. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G091 – 1 Unit
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Reserve Coordinator
This course is designed to address contemporary training needs of law enforcement reserve coordinators by providing new techniques for managing reserve peace officer organizations. Emphasis on new training standards for designated and non-designated level 1 reserve officers, new trends and legislation concerning reserve officers. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G092 – 4 Units
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SWAT, Special Weapons and Tactics, Basic
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G064 and permission of Criminal Justice Training Center
Concepts, planning, tactical operations, approach/entry/search techniques; use of chemical agents, weapons, rappelling and task-related physical activities. A two-week course. Lecture. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G095 – 3 Units
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Leadership Development Program for Law Enforcement
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G064 and G070
This course is designed to teach the necessary components for examining and learning the essentials of leadership and to recognize and distinguish issues which influence police integrity, public trust, and loyalty. It analyzes the evaluation policy of the law enforcement agency. It appraises the current system, and examines how assertive leadership influences the behavior and performance of subordinates. It also teaches preparation and formulation of employee performance appraisals. It compares and assesses the supervisor’s role in the disciplinary process. In addition, it examines connection between leadership and effective communication. The difference between civil and criminal accountability will be explored and debated along with the concept and application of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G098 – 3 Units
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Report Writing for Specialized Investigators’ Basic Course
Corequisites: Criminal Justice G090
This course satisfies the investigative report writing minimum standards established by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) for persons serving as Specialized Investigators in California. Lecture. Letter grade only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G099 – 2 Units
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P.O.S.T. Instructor Certification
Prerequisites: Criminal Justice G064 or approval by director of Criminal Justice Training Center
This course specifically addresses delivery of the POST (California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) Basic Course curriculum and is designed to expand and enhance the competency and effectiveness of the criminal justice instructor. Course components are structured to deal with the subject matter expertise, various instructional techniques, adult learning concepts, student driven learning and validation exercises. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G107 – 3 Units
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Drugs, Health, and Society
(Same as: Health Education G107)
This course will explore the different categories of drugs, such as over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal “recreational drugs”. Drugs and their relationships to a person’s health and wellbeing will be discussed. The motivation to use drugs, abuse and addiction, family concerns, identification of drugs, enforcement, and addiction intervention methods will also be reviewed. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G110 – 3 Units
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Criminal Investigation
This course addresses the fundamentals of criminal investigation including searches, interview and interrogation techniques, crime scene investigation, sources of information, and case preparation and management. C-ID AJ 140 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G115 – 3 Units
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Organized Crime and Terrorism
This course analyzes the cultural and historical bases of organized crime and terrorism. Described are the social and theoretical background of the phenomena, the roles of culture and religion, and examples of organized criminal and terrorist activities. Options in dealing with organized crime and terrorism are reviewed. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G123 – 3 Units
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Juvenile Law
This course provides a study of the juvenile justice system including the roles of the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. It examines patterns of criminal delinquent behavior and the historical and modern theories that explain this behavior and how to control it. This course also examines dependent children as a result of abuse and neglect. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G128 – 3 Units
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Criminal Procedure & Evidence
This course provides an overview of procedural criminal and evidentiary law. This course examines state and federal constitutional, statutory, and case law governing criminal prosecutions and post-conviction proceedings. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G130 – 3 Units
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Character Development for Law Enforcement
TThis course defines the principals of personal character as they relate to ethics and it establishes the critical role that character plays in the ethical decision making of a person’s personal and professional life. It examines how ethical choices impact the professional law enforcement environment and the subsequent effect on police service. Additionally, the course considers how character influences the training, supervision, management and leadership of successful law enforcement organizations. This exceptional course is the only known curriculum that specifically addresses character and how this quality relates and affects professional law enforcement. A thirty-two hour course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G137 – 3 Units
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Community Relations and Special Issues in Criminal Justice
This course addresses multiple social issues challenging law enforcement today. It explores the vital aspects of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving, Proactive/Reactive Policing, cultural diversity, prejudice/discrimination/hate/stereo-typing/victim selection/victimization, and other social forces that shape human values and attitudes. The course examines current demographic trends, dynamics, and interactions of California’s minority groups and multi-faceted sub-cultures as they relate to the criminal justice system in a free society. C-ID AJ 160 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G140 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Criminal Justice
Advisories: English G100
This course analyzes the characteristics of the criminal justice system. The course introduces students to the history of criminal law, the legal process, and theories of punishment. The course focuses on the interrelationship of the criminal justice system components in a multicultural context, crime reporting methodology, theories of crime causation, and current challenges to the system. C-ID AJ 110 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G141 – 3 Units
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Concepts of Criminal Law
(Formerly known as: Criminal Law I)
Advisories: English G100
This course offers an analysis of the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification of crime, the general elements of crime, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. This course utilizes case law and case studies to introduce students to criminal law. The completion of this course offers a foundation upon which upper-division criminal justice course will build. The course will also include some limited discussion of prosecution and defense decision making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crimes. C-ID: AJ 120 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G146 – 3 Units
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Police Report Writing
Advisories: Criminal Justice G142
Techniques communicating facts, information and ideas in an effective, simple, clear and logical manner, as they are applied to various types of reports and memoranda used in the criminal justice system. Emphasis is on criminal justice technology, interviewing techniques, the proper use of English, organization of information, and practical application of these areas in note taking, proper completion of felony and misdemeanor crime reports, memos and routine forms, and the presentation of testimony in court. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G150 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Corrections
This course is designed to introduce students to corrections-based systems. It covers all aspects of corrections and how they relate to the entire criminal justice system. Students will study probation, parole, jail and prison programs currently in use in the United States. Incarceration trends will be analyzed, and how political environments effect the prosecution and sentencing process. Students will explore different institutional programs, including the use and effectiveness of community based corrections programs. Students will gain an understanding of the issues related to managing inmates in institutions and the constitutional issues that surround the corrections system. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G151 – 3 Units
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Practical Aspects of Corrections
Advisories: Criminal Justice G150
This course is a follow-up course to Criminal Justice G150 (Introduction to Corrections) and explores practical aspects of the modern correctional environment. It includes concepts of correctional ideology including professionalism, victimology, restorative justice, sentencing, diversion, juveniles in the adult system, and issues related to inmates with special needs. This course also studies the characteristics and needs of male, female, and juvenile inmates, and explores constitutional issues related to these inmate classifications. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G152 – 3 Units
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Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to effective case planning, supervision, and intervention techniques for probation and corrections officers working with adult and juvenile criminal offenders. This course offers the student a practical introduction to a career as a probation, parole, or corrections officer. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G172 – 2 Units
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P.C. 832 – Laws of Arrest
This course is designed to satisfy the curriculum standards of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as required by California Penal Code section 832 for Laws of Arrest. Course topics include professional orientation, criminal justice system, community relations, introduction to criminal law, laws of arrest, search and seizure, presentation of evidence, investigative report writing, use of force/baton, preliminary criminal investigation, arrest and control procedures (which will require a physical skills demonstration), crimes against the justice system, and cultural diversity. Lecture & lab. Pass/no pass only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G173 – .5 Units
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P.C. 832 – Firearms
This course is designed to satisfy the firearms curriculum standards of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as required by California Penal Code section 832. To enroll in this course, students must have a Department of Justice clearance letter on file with the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center. Students are responsible for payment of firearms range and ammunition fees. Lab. Pass/no pass only. Transferable to CSU.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE G220 – 3 Units
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Forensic Accounting, Introduction
(Same as: Accounting G220)
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals and techniques of investigative and forensics accounting. The development of forensic accounting as a discipline and its interaction with business, law, auditing and information systems will be explored. Subjects include financial statement and tax fraud, divorce and bankruptcy, identity theft and various white-collar crimes. Forensic principles necessary to detect, prevent and prosecute financial crimes will be explored. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.