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Public Safety

The Public Safety Area of Interest will prepare you for certificates, degrees, transfer and careers in the fields associated with police, fire service and security with employment in various areas of our government as well as the private sector, such as Police Officer/Sheriff, Probation, Firefighter, EMT, Security and Emergency Management to name a few.

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Programs

Degrees

High Unit Certificates

(18 units or more)

Low Unit Certificates

(18 units or less)
Notes:
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AA Associate of Arts Degree
AS Associate of Science Degree
CC Career Certificate
COA Certificate of Achievement
COSP Certificate of Skill Proficiency

Meet Your Success Team

We are here to answer your questions and support you in your journey here at Rio Hondo College. Please click or tap here to reach out to us if you need guidance or help. 

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Dorali Pichardo-Diaz
Counselor
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Diana Valladares
Counselor
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Lorraine Duran
Police Academy Support Staff
Dr. Ygnacio
Dr. Ygnacio "Nash" Flores
Homeland Security Program Coordinator
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Lisa Lozano
Fire Academy Support Staff
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Angelica Medina
Success Coach
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Delbia Orozco
Public Safety Secretary
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Irene Truong
Librarian
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Mark Yokoyama
Dean of Public Safety

Career Outlook

Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Median Salary:
$36,330.20
Annual Job Opening:
1,479
Typical Education Level:
a certificate
Top Entry-level Education:
A certificate
43%
Some college
30%
An Associate degree
12%

Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards, and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

Median Salary:
$82,937.90
Annual Job Opening:
60
Typical Education Level:
a high school diploma or less
Top Entry-level Education:
A high school diploma or less
32%
A Bachelor's degree
24%
An Associate degree
18%

Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, state, or federal laws and ordinances. Perform a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area; direct traffic; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts. Includes police officers working at educational institutions.

Median Salary:
$100,312.54
Annual Job Opening:
6,265
Typical Education Level:
a high school diploma or less
Top Entry-level Education:
A high school diploma or less
35%
A certificate
27%
An Associate degree
24%

Gather, analyze, compile, and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.

Median Salary:
$61,692.20
Annual Job Opening:
478
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
42%
A high school diploma or less
25%
An Associate degree
16%

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Median Salary:
$36,052.26
Annual Job Opening:
22,739
Typical Education Level:
a high school diploma or less
Top Entry-level Education:
A high school diploma or less
89%
Some college
9%
An Associate degree
1%

Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security or the safety of employees and facilities.

Median Salary:
$75,628.40
Annual Job Opening:
15,430
Typical Education Level:
a Bachelor's degree
Top Entry-level Education:
A Bachelor's degree
69%
An Associate degree
15%
A certificate
8%
Source: Emsi Data.

Resources

  • Teacher Preparation Pathways Website
    This informational website is designed for Rio Hondo College students from all majors who are interested in pursuing teaching K-12 careers in California or abroad.

About RHC

Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.

Contact

Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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