Administration of Justice Courses

AJ 1 – Introduction to Administration of Justice

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID AJ 110

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 which have shaped those principles 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 andincarceration policies.

AJ 2 – Concepts of Criminal Law

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID AJ 120

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.

AJ 3 – Principles & Procedures of the Justice

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID AJ 122

This course covers the legal process from pre-arrest, arrest through trial, sentencing and correctional procedures; a review of the history of case and common law; conceptual interpretations of law as reflected in court decisions; and the study of case law methodology and case research as the decisions impact upon the procedures of the justice system.

AJ 4 – Legal Aspects of Evidence

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for Credit: California State University

C-ID AJ 124

This course focuses on the origin, development, philosophy and constitutional basis of evidence; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure; kinds and degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility; judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies viewed from a conceptual level.

AJ 5 – Criminal Investigation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for Credit: California State University

C-ID AJ 140

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.

AJ 8 – Juvenile Procedures

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID AJ 220

This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the Juvenile Justice System as it evolved in the American Justice System. The course explores the theories that focuses on Juvenile Law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles administered in the American Justice System.

AJ 14 – Alcohol, Narcotics and Drug Abuse

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to the problem of substance abuse and the history and classification of drugs of abuse. This course is designed to equip police officers and the general public with knowledge of the issues involved in drug abuse.

AJ 15 – Sexual Assault Investigation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for Credit: California State University

This course covers the investigation of sexual assault, the collection of evidence, and the treatment of the victim. The course also examines the psychological make-up of the sexual assault perpetrator, reviews the impact on peripheral victims including the family, friends, the community, and the measures used by agencies and individuals to prevent this crime. Pass/No Pass Option

AJ 21 – Community Relations

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID AJ 160

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 Cultural, Religion, and Law.

AJ 23 – Police Report Writing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: Eligibility for English 1A and Reading 53

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of law enforcement reporting procedures with emphasis on techniques designed to improve writing skills, enhance individual observation and comprehension, and effect a more efficient utilization of recorded data in crime detection and the investigative function.

AJ 26 – Organized Crime

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

A study of the origins and development of organized crime from early Italy to contemporary America. The emphasis is on past and current major organized crime figures, activities, and lawenforcement efforts to combat the escalating infusion of organized crime into legitimate business.

AJ 32 – Motorcycle, Prison and Street Gangs

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

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This course is designed for pre-service students or in-service officers to enable them to become familiar with the history, recruitment, training methods, purpose and infrastructures of various gangs currently operating in California. Pass/No Pass Option

AJ 33 – Introduction to Probation and Parole

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers a comprehensive introduction to the understanding of the corrections system in the U.S. Emphasis is on its’ origin and evolution, philosophies of corrections, perspectives on sentencing, alternatives to incarceration including community corrections, probation and parole, offender rights and legal issues. The course addresses adult, juvenile and special needs offenders, corrections specialists, staff and administration as a profession and preview special challenges for the future of corrections.

AJ 34 – Career Planning in Criminal Justice

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with potential careers in the Criminal Justice System. The content emphasizes the application, testing, and screening process necessary for employment with criminal justice agencies. Pass/No Pass Option

AJ 36 – Firearms Technology & Safety

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the history and development of firearms. Various types of firearms are introduced and their functions examined. Laws pertaining to firearm ownership, possession, use and transportation are studied. Firearm safety is addressed. Pass/No Pass Option

AJ 41 – Introduction to Forensics

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID AJ 150

This course is a survey of the application of scientific methods to the examination, evaluation and explanation of the physical evidence related to a crime. The course also introduces students to the contributions of forensic anthropology, forensic psychiatry, document analysis, and computer forensics to criminal investigations. Case studies are used to illustrate the application and introduction of forensic evidence in the legal system.

AJ 100G – Introduction to Corrections

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID AJ 200

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the history and trends of corrections. It focuses on the legal issues, specific laws and general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the judicial system are also examined. Pass/No Pass Option

AJ 160G – Advanced Officer Training

0.25 – 16 units: lecture 0 units; lab .25 – 16 units

Prerequisite: Class participation is limited:

  1. To PC 832 employees* of an agency/department eligible for POST participation and/or
  2. To individuals who have graduated from a public safety academy and are currently employed by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency/ department.

*The supportive regulations are “established and adopted in compliance with and by the authority of California Penal Code Section 13500 et seq., and are codified in Title 11, Division 2 of the California Code of Regulations (d) Continuing Professional Training (CPT) (Required). CPT is required for certain peace officer and dispatcher personnel who are employed by POST participating departments. The purpose of CPT is to maintain, update, expand, and/or enhance an individual’s knowledge and/or skills. CPT is training that exceeds the training required to meet or re-qualify in entry-level minimum standards defined under PC 832.

This is a variable unit course designed to meet state mandated standards and agency training requirements for currently employed law enforcement personnel. Course content includes refresher material and recertification in all areas of law enforcement responsibility such as: tactical firearms, arrest and control, patrol procedures, officer safety, incident command, communications, new laws, ethics, and civil liability. Pass/No Pass Only

AJ 160J – Standards and Training for Corrections

0.25 – 3 units: lecture 0 units; lab .25 – 3 units

Prerequisite: Class participation is limited to employees of an agency/department eligible for participation in Standards and Training for Corrections (STC).

Specifically, Title 15, Division 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter 1, Sections 100 through 358 of the California Code of Regulations state in part: Agencies eligible for participation in STC include those of any county, city and county, or city defined as: county probation departments, county or city jails designated as Types I, II, III or IV by Title 15 CCR; or, juvenile institutions that operate as a separate entity or under jurisdiction of a county probation department, as described in Section 872 and 885 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

This course covers topics that meet education and training objectives for probation officers and adult and juvenile institution staff. Topics include legal, procedural, communication, safety and security, medical and mental/emotional issues, casework, and management and supervision. This is a variable unit course. Pass/No Pass Only

AJ 160K – Field Training for Officers

0.25 – 16 units: lecture 0 units; lab .25 – 16 units

Prerequisite: AJ 160L

This course is designed to provide the opportunity for practical application of patrol services for peace officers who have completed a Regular Basic Course (Academy). Pass/No Pass Only

last published: 10/16/17