Academic Catalogs

Criminal Justice

Credit Courses

CJ G0464 Units (80 lecture hours)  
Civilian Supervisory, Law Enforcement  

Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

Not Transferable.

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. Pass/No Pass.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G046

    CJ G0542 Units (30 lecture hours; 10 lab hours)  
    Police Academy, Regular Basic Course, Orientation  

    Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

    Not Transferable.

    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. Pass/No Pass.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G054

      CJ G0611 Unit (24 lecture hours)  
      Training Manager  

      Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

      Not Transferable.

      This course is designed for those entering employment as a Training Manager at a California Law Enforcement Agency. The course will cover topics such as legal mandates and regulation, developing training manuals, updating training and compliance issues. This course is required by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). Pass/No Pass.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G061

        CJ G06433 Units (399 lecture hours; 611 lab hours)  
        Police Academy - Regular Basic Course  
        Prerequisite(s): CJ G054.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Not Transferable.

        This course provides Basic Police Academy training in compliance with the minimum standards established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). POST certified training includes: criminal law, search and seizure, laws of evidence, traffic laws and procedures, investigative techniques, patrol procedures, firearms, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, physical fitness, report writing, and first aid / cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Students must pass a criminal history check pursuant to California Penal Code section 13511.5, and possess a valid driver's license. Graded.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G064

          CJ G0704 Units (80 lecture hours)  
          Sergeant Supervisory, Law Enforcement  

          Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

          Not Transferable.

          P.O.S.T. certified 80-hour course. Fundamentals of police supervision and management, including training, supervision and evaluation. Pass/No Pass.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G070

            CJ G0786.5 Units (108 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
            Public Safety Dispatcher Basic (Intensive Format)  
            Advisory: The student should be currently employed as a dispatcher for a public safety agency.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Not Transferable.

            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. 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. Graded.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G078

              CJ G0796.5 Units (108.75 lecture hours; 11.25 lab hours)  
              Public Safety Dispatcher Basic (Extended Format)  

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

              Not Transferable.

              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. Graded.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G079

                CJ G0802 Units (40 lecture hours)  
                Communications Training Officer  
                Prerequisite(s): CJ G078 and minimum of one year experience as a public safety dispatcher.

                Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                Not Transferable.

                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. Pass/No Pass.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G080

                  CJ G09024.5 Units (327.5 lecture hours; 355 lab hours)  
                  Specialized Investigator'S Basic Course (SIBC)  
                  Prerequisite(s): Current employment as a Specialized Investigator or Specialized Investigator Trainee in a California law enforcement agency.

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Not Transferable.

                  This course teaches the basic knowledge, skills and ethical standards to satisfy the minimum required qualifications established by the California Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) for employees 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. Graded.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G090

                    CJ G0911 Unit (24 lecture hours)  
                    Reserve Coordinator  

                    Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                    Not Transferable.

                    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. Pass/No Pass.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G091

                      CJ G0924 Units (80 lecture hours)  
                      SWAT, Special Weapons And Tactics, Basic  
                      Prerequisite(s): CJ G064.

                      Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                      Not Transferable.

                      Concepts, planning, tactical operations, approach/entry/search techniques; use of chemical agents, weapons, rappelling and task-related physical activities. A two-week course. Pass/No Pass.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G092

                        CJ G0953 Units (40 lecture hours; 40 lab hours)  
                        Leadership Development Program For Law Enforcement  
                        Prerequisite(s): CJ G064 and CJ G070.

                        Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                        Not Transferable.

                        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. Pass/No Pass.

                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G095

                          CJ G0992 Units (24 lecture hours; 16 lab hours)  
                          P.O.S.T. Instructor Certification  
                          Prerequisite(s): CJ G064.

                          Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                          Not Transferable.

                          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. Pass/No Pass.

                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G099

                            CJ G1103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                            Criminal Investigation  

                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                            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. Graded. C-ID: AJ 140.

                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G110

                              CJ G1233 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                              Juvenile Law  

                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                              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. Graded.

                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G123

                                CJ G1283 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                Criminal Procedure & Evidence  

                                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                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. Graded.

                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G128

                                  CJ G1373 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                  Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice  

                                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                  This course addresses multiple social issues challenging law enforcement today. It explores the vital aspects of Community Oriented Policing (COP) and Problem-Solving, Proactive/Reactive Policing (ROP/POP), 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. Graded. C-ID: AJ 160.

                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G137

                                    CJ G1403 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                    Introduction To Criminal Justice  
                                    Advisory: ENGL G100.

                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                    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. Graded. C-ID: AJ 110.

                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G140

                                      CJ G1413 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                      Concepts of Criminal Law  
                                      Advisory: ENGL G100.

                                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                                      Formerly: Criminal Law I. 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. Graded. C-ID: AJ 120.

                                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G141

                                        CJ G1463 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                        Police Report Writing  

                                        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                        Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                        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. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                        Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G146

                                          CJ G1503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                          Introduction To Corrections  

                                          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                          Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                          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. Graded.

                                          Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G150

                                            CJ G1513 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                            Practical Aspects Of Corrections  
                                            Advisory: CJ G150.

                                            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                            Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                            This course is a follow-up course to CJ 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. Graded.

                                            Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G151

                                              CJ G1523 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                              Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision  

                                              Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                                              Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                              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. Graded.

                                              Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G152

                                                CJ G1722 Units (32 lecture hours; 12 lab hours)  
                                                P.C. 832 - Laws of Arrest  

                                                Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                                                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                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. Pass/No Pass.

                                                Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G172

                                                  CJ G1730.5 Units (27 lab hours)  
                                                  P.C. 832 - Firearms  

                                                  Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                                                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                  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. Pass/No Pass.

                                                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G173

                                                    CJ G2203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                                                    Forensic Accounting, Introduction  

                                                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                                                    Transfer Credit: CSU.

                                                    This course is identical to ACCT 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. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

                                                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing CJ G220