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Police Sc​ience


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.


Neil Lingle
(760) 346-8041 Ext. 3083
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 Inve​stigation​   3​
​AJ 10​ Juvenile Procedures​   3​
AJ​ 30​ Introduction To Corrections​   3​
Electives - 5 units to be chosen from the fo​llowing:
​AJ ​3 Legal Aspects Of Evidence ​3
AJ 5A Community And The Justice System 3
AJ 95A Administration Of Justice Work Experience (Maximum of 3 units may be used) 1-3
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
PSY 3 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introductory 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
​COMM ​9 ​Introduction To Interpersonal Communication ​3
COMM ​13 ​Small Group Communication ​3
COMM 25 Argumentation and Debate 3
COMM ​17 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.