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ADJ 1001 - Introduction to Administration of Justice

This course introduces students to the criminal justice system in the United States and the roles of the police, courts and corrections in shaping justice policy. Focus is placed on crime measurement, explanations of crime, responses to crime, and current challenges. The course also examines the evolution of the justice system and the forces that shape justice policy in a cross-cultural context. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: AJ 110)

ADJ 1503 - Legal Aspects of Evidence

This course examines categories of evidence and legal rules governing its admission and exclusion in the criminal process. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 1505 - Criminal Investigation

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence and the role of the investigator in the trial process. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 1517 - Community Relations

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics may include the consensus and conflicting values in Culture, Religion, and Law. (AA, CSU, UC)

ADJ 2002 - Concepts of Criminal Law

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. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: AJ 120)

ADJ 2014 - Level III Reserve Officer Training

Advisory: ENGL 0900
Prerequisite: DOJ fingerprint clearance (Penal Code 13511.5)

This course is the first in a 3-part modular series for reserve officer/law enforcement certification and training for the State of California. It includes all the required subject matter, learninggoals and performance objectives as prescribed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards, and Training. (P.O.S.T), and as required by Penal Code Section 832. This course is designed for those individuals who wish tobecome certified as a Level III reserve officer or to continue their law enforcement training through the reserve officer certification process as a Level II. Once Level II is successfully completed, a student may wish to continue with the third and final module: The Level I Modular Academy to become a full, basic academy graduate. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 2512 - PC 832 - Reserve Officer Training

Advisory: ENGL 0900
Prerequisite: DOJ fingerprint clearance (Penal Code 13511.5)

This course includes all subject matter, learning goals, and performance objectives as required by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), and as prescribed by Penal Code Section 832.6. Topics include Laws of Evidence, Leadership, Professionalism, and Ethics, Criminal Justice System, Policing the Community, Criminal Law, Search and Seizure, Investigation and Report Writing, Use of Force, Arrest/Control Techniques, and Firearms. Students may elect to take this course as a prerequisite to other courses. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 2516 - Level II Reserve Officer Certification

Advisory: ADJ 2014, ENGL 0900
Prerequisite: DOJ fingerprint clearance (Penal Code 13511.5)

This course covers all the learning domains and performance objectives as mandated by POST (California Peace Officers Standards and Training) and Penal Code 832.6 for a student to be certified as a Level II Reserve Police Officer. As a Level II reserve officer, general law enforcement assignments are now authorized under the direct supervision of a peace officer that has completed the Regular Basic Course (academy graduate). The Level II reserve officer may also work assignments authorized for Level III officers without immediate supervision. (AA,CSU)

ADJ 2517 - Basic Police Academy - Module I

Prerequisite: ADJ 2516 and Students must receive a passing score on the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB).
Limitations on Enrollment: Students must have a recent medical clearance on file and obtain fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice. If a fingerprint clearance is on file at COS, and is no more than one year old, this requirement may be waived.

The course is the third and final component of the Modular Basic Police Academy training program. This course meets the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements for Level I Reserve Officer or Regular Peace Officer training when taken after completing Module III and Module II of the Basic Police Academy training. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 2522 - California Statutory Law

An in-depth study and application of the California statutes and other substantive laws commonly encountered by the municipal, county, or state police officer, investigator or other criminal justice employee. The scope of the course includes misdemeanor and felony violations of the California Penal Code and other criminal statutes (Penal Codes). (AA, CSU)

ADJ 2524 - Introduction to Corrections

Advisory: ENGL 0900

This course provides a history and critical analysis of punishment, including the various types of punishment, alternatives to punishment, and the impact of punishment on the Criminal Justice System. The course will provide critical examination of the types of correctional institutions and the clients housed in each institution, and an examination of contemporary correctional issues. (AA, CSU) (C-ID: AJ 20)

ADJ 2526 - Criminal Court Process

Advisory: ENGL 0900

This course provides an examination and analysis of due process in criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through trial and appeal utilizing statutory law and state and constitutional law precedents. (AA, CSU) (C-ID: AJ 122)

ADJ 2528 - Criminology

Advisory: ENGL 0850

This course explores crime, criminals and the social context of crime by examining the theoretical explanations for criminal behavior. Emphasis is placed on crime causation and the influence of social structure, process, and conflict as they relate to criminal behavior. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 2949 - Work Experience

Advisory: Must be concurrently employed in a volunteer or compensated capacity

Occupational Work Experience is supervised employment extending classroom-based occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the student's educational or occupational goal. This occupational work experience course earns 1.0 unit for each 60 hours unpaid, or 75 hours paid internship. Students can earn a maximum of 16 semester units, 1-8 units/semester. This course may be taken for credit until a maximum of 16 semester units. Fingerprint clearance is needed prior to the first lab class. (AA, CSU)

ADJ 9079 - Law Enforcement Topics

This course provides legal, procedural and tactical updates relative to law enforcement responses that are not specifically covered in comprehensive Administration of Justice classes. The course is designed for students, law enforcement career professionals, and reserve officers to maintain currency with professional training and certification with POST (Police Officers Standards and Training). This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (NDA)


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