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Jojie Magbuhat

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The Police Science program provides training for careers in law enforcement as well as related fields in corrections, courts, security and community service. The program offers one level of job entry training, as well as an Associate’s Degree designed to enhance professional skills and qualifications. The job entry training level is the Reserve Police Officer Certificate of Achievement. This level consists of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Module III and Module II, Basic Peace Officer Training courses. Satisfactory completion of these courses establishes eligibility for hire as a Level-III or Level-II Reserve Peace Officer in the State of California.
With the Reserve Police Officer Certificate of Achievement a Police Science Associate’s Degree is attainable with an additional 18 units of required courses, 18 units of General Education and 5 units of electives.
Basic Peace Officer Training courses are non-traditional courses subject to state regulations prescribed by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Students desiring to enroll in any POST certified Basic Peace Officer Training courses must be 18 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, be fingerprinted and present a Department of Justice signed clearance letter to possess a firearm on the first day of class. There are also certain physical and moral character requirements for peace officers. Students wanting to register for POST courses at COD who are unsure if they meet the POST requirements are urged to contact the Academy Director or designee prior to enrollment. Please refer to the COD website for more detailed program information or call (760) 346-8041 Ext. 3765 or 3083.

Advisor: Levi Miller;  (760) 346-8041 Ext. 5624
Associate of Science Degree in Police Science
Dept. No.​ Title​ Units
Required Courses: 
BPOT 1 Basic Peace Officer Training (Module III)   7
BPOT​ 2​ ​Basic Peace Officer Training (Module II) 12​
​AJ 1​ Introduction to Criminal Justice​   3​
AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law   3
AJ 4 Criminal Court Process   3
​AJ 6​ Criminal Investigation​   3​
​AJ 10​ Juvenile Procedures​   3​
AJ​ 30​ Introduction to Corrections​   3​
Required Subtotal 37
Electives - 5 units to be chosen from the following:
​AJ ​3 Legal Aspects of Evidence ​3
AJ 5A Community & the Justice System 3
AJ 95C Admin. of Justice Work Experience 3
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2 Social Problems 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
​SOC ​14 Intro to Race & Ethnicity 3
​SPAN ​1 ​Elementary Spanish I ​5
​ASL 1​ ​Elementary American Sign Language I ​5
​SP ​1 ​Intro to Interpersonal Communication ​3
​SP ​5 ​Small Group Communication ​3
SP 7 Argumentation and Debate 3
SP 15 Intercultural Communication 3
​Required Subtotal 37​
​Electives ​  5
COD General Education Pattern ​18
​Kinesiology Activities ​  2


Special Note: With Advisor approval up to 18 units of any Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Peace Officer Training Module I course may be substituted for some or all of the 18 units of required AJ courses.

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Created at 6/13/2013 4:23 PM by Jojie Magbuhat
Last modified at 11/4/2014 4:03 PM by Gary Abrahamyan