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Public Safety Academy

We provide the educational opportunities in the following areas of Public Safety:

Law Enforcement:

Administration of Justice:

(New course offering Spring 2020)       
 AJ 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.

Prerequisite: AJ 001 or concurrent enrollment

Advisory: ENG 061

Lecture Hours: 54      Lab Hours: None        Repeatable: No          Grading:  Letter Grade
Transfer Status: CSU                                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS

COD GE: C2, C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None​


Fire Science & Services:

Emergency Medical Services:

College of the Desert - Public Safety Academy (COD-PSA) was founded on January 1, 2001. Since September 11, 2001, the demands for public safety and homeland security training have grown significantly. College of the Desert has been a leader in providing such public safety training. Well defined academic programs leading to degrees and/or certificates in Fire Technology, Police Science, Basic Peace Officer Training, Basic Firefighter Training, Emergency Medical Responder, and Emergency Medical Technician are offered on this website.