Police Science

College of the Desert’s Police Science Program:

  • Prepares current and future law enforcement students and professionals for the dynamic challenges of succeeding in the field of law enforcement and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Helps students develop a sense of the basic requirements for successful careers in Criminal Justice.
  • Allows students to complete the Degree program while working part or full-time, with courses offered during evenings and on weekend days.

Please refer to the Public Safety Academy under Academic Programs on the College of the Desert website for more detailed program information or call 760.346.8041 Ext. 3765 or 3083.

Advisors:

Stan Henry
sthenry@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.565.4828

D. C. Mayes
dcmayes@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1302

Basic Correctional Officer Training (BCOT)

BCOT 010  Basic Correctional Officer Training   Units: 16

The Basic Correctional Officer Training provides entry-level training for correctional officers. The course will introduce the student to adult corrections procedure, interviewing, counseling techniques, defensive tactics, public relations, and oral and written communications. Security and supervision techniques in adult institutions are stressed. The Correctional Officer Training meets or exceeds the mandates of the California Board of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Check the program website for additional information.
Lecture Hours: 218.5         Lab Hours: 241.5          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: KINE 037
Limitation on enrollment: Completion of POST reading and writing examination. Completion of POST physical fitness assessment. Possession of a valid California driver's license. Successful completion of medical examination. Fingerprint clearance through the California Department of Justice.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Basic Peace Officer Training (BPOT)

BPOT 001  Basic Peace Officer Training-Module III   Units: 7

This course is referred to as the Module III Academy and is designed to meet the minimum requirements of a Level III Reserve Officer as established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). It is the first of three components of the Regular Basic Course-Modular Format Academy required to become a full time peace officer. The Module III Academy is a discipline/stress oriented program with an emphasis on Professionalism/Ethics & Leadership, Physical Fitness, Vehicle Operations, Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics, Report Writing, First Aid/CPR, and Firearms training. In addition there are inspections, drill training (formation, facing movements, marching, etc.), and physical exercises (running, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc.). Recruits attend the Academy in full uniform. There are 2 knowledge based examinations administered during the course which require a recruit to receive a passing score in order to successfully complete the Module III Academy. Students must also successfully pass Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics and Firearms testing. There are a total of 168 hours required in this course.
Lecture Hours: 99         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061, AJ 001, & KINE 037
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BPOT 002  Basic Peace Officer Training-Module II   Units: 12

This course is referred to as the Module II Academy and is designed to meet the minimum requirements of a Level II Reserve Officer as established by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). It is the second of three components of the Regular Basic Course-Modular Format Academy required to become a full time peace officer. The Module II Academy is a discipline/stress oriented program with an emphasis on Community Relations, Physical Fitness, Cultural Diversity, Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics, Investigative Report Writing, Chemical Agents training and Firearms/Shotgun training. In addition there are inspections, drill training (formation, facing movements, marching, etc.), and physical exercises (running, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, etc.). Recruits attend the Academy in full uniform. There is 1 knowledge based examination administered during the course that require a recruit to receive a passing score in order to successfully complete the Module II Academy. Students must also successfully pass Arrest Methods/Defensive Tactics and Firearms testing. There are a total of 268 hours required in this course.
Lecture Hours: 189         Lab Hours: 81          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BPOT 001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BPOT 003  Basic Peace Officer Training-Module I   Units: 19

This course is the third module in the Regular Basic Course-Modular Format training sequence. Intensive instruction designed to meet the minimum requirements of a peace officer, or Level I Police Reserve Officer as established by state law. Check the program website for additional information.
Lecture Hours: 288         Lab Hours: 186          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BPOT 002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Completion of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) physical fitness assessment; possession of a valid California driver?s license; successful completion of a medical examination; and current fingerprint clearance through the California State Department of Justice.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Criminal Justice (CJ)

CJ 001  Introduction to Criminal Justice   Units: 3

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces that have shaped those principals and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross cultural context, emphasis is placed on the US justice system, particularly the structure and function of US police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, and sentencing and incarceration policies. (C-ID AJ 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D0                 IGETC: 4J

CJ 002  Concepts of Criminal Law   Units: 3

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 Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 003  Legal Aspects of Evidence   Units: 3

This course includes a study of origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis for the Rules of Evidence. It includes constitutional and procedural considerations affecting search and seizure, kinds and degrees of evidence and the rules governing admissibility at trial, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies. (C-ID AJ 124)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 004  Criminal Court Process   Units: 3

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. (C-ID AJ 122)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 005  Racial Issues and the Police   Units: 3

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. (C-ID AJ 160)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 006  Criminal Investigation   Units: 3

This course provides students with basic principles of all types of investigations utilized in the Justice System. Coverage includes human aspects in dealing with the public, specific knowledge necessary for handling crime scenes, interviews, evidence, surveillance, follow-up, technical resources and case preparation. (C-ID AJ 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 008  Patrol Operations   Units: 3

Topics discussed in this course include exploration of theories, philosophies, and concepts related to the role expectations of the line enforcement officer which include patrol, traffic, and public service responsibilities.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 009  Traffic Enforcement   Units: 3

Students study basic accident investigation, the use of the State Accident Report Form, the principles of "selective" enforcement, parking and intersection control, basic provisions of the California Vehicle Code governing the operation of motor vehicles, and the responsibilities of the community in traffic control.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 010  Juvenile Procedures   Units: 3

This course introduces major types of criminal behavior, role of offenders and factors that contribute to criminality or delinquency. It covers methods used in dealing with offenders in the justice system; the changing role of law enforcement and judicial, probation, parole and institutions; changes of the law in crime control and treatment processes, and techniques in handling juveniles. (C-ID AJ 220)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 016  Narcotics Control   Units: 3

This is a study of the laws relating to narcotics and dangerous drugs as well as the procedures and problems in investigations and the control of violations of narcotic laws. Students learn how to identify narcotics and dangerous drugs, how to assess their effect on users, and how to prepare a case for court presentation.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 017  Natural Resources Law Enforcement   Units: 3

This course provides information about enforcement of natural resources and wildlife laws in the United States and California. Topics include the relationships between Federal and State wildlife laws and regulations, laws as management tools, conservation of wildlife and other natural resources, review of State and Federal resource management agencies, law enforcement officer qualifications, duties and responsibilities, enforcement procedures, court systems, fines and forfeitures, hunter safety, public responsibilities, and preservation of the environment. (Equivalent to NR 017.)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 021  Introduction to Forensics   Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances. (C-ID AJ 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 024  Investigative Report Writing   Units: 3

This course emphasizes the procedures and practices commonly used to gather data and information and prepare a variety of written reports and records. Students learn to write criminal justice reports that meet statistical, legal, and prosecution requirements of the Criminal Justice System. The course provides students with abundant practice in writing effective reports, bulletins, memos, letters, and other short papers.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 025  Introduction to Homeland Security & Terrorism   Units: 3

This course is a study of the fundamental components and historical evolution of terrorism. Included is an examination of the differences of international terrorism and domestic terrorism, with a focus on the modern-day terrorist mindset. Within this examination is an analysis of national, ethnic, ideological, and religious movements involved in the rapidly changing social construct of terrorism. The course identifies governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the homeland security apparatus, and provides an in-depth evaluation of law enforcement's expanding role in the future of homeland security.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 026  Homeland Security and Intelligence Gathering   Units: 3

This course is a study of the fundamental components and historical evolution of intelligence. Included is an examination of the different methods of intelligence collection, the need for analysis, and the measurement of success in meeting the requirements of the policymaker. This examination will address the evolution of intelligence collection from the basic concept of spying to the latest methods of employing technology and Open Source methods. The course focuses on the intelligence process from the defining of the requirements, to collection, analysis, distribution and the use of feedback to optimize the results. The Intelligence course is a vital supplement to our counterterrorism efforts and to law enforcement's expanding role in the future of homeland security.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: AJ 001 or CJ 001 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 030  Introduction to Corrections   Units: 3

This course provides a history of and critical analysis of punishment, the various types of punishment, alternatives to punishment, and the impact of punishment on the Criminal Justice System, corrections, a critical examination of the types of correctional institutions and the clients housed in each institution, and an examination of contemporary correctional issues. (C-ID AJ 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: AJ 001 or CJ 001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

CJ 095A  Criminal Justice Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job or occupational goals are directly related to Criminal Justice.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None