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Certificate of Achievement

The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement in Investigations is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the broad fields of law enforcement and security. The curriculum prepares students with a foundation in administration of justice/law enforcement and provides them with the knowledge to enter varied career areas. The skills developed in class will enhance the students' knowledge in the area of the criminal justice system and provide an in-depth understanding of law enforcement, criminal law and procedures, investigations, forensic evidence examination, and the judicial process.  

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Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2022-2023 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AJ 102 - Criminal ProceduresM3.0
AJ 102 - Criminal Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of the legal responsibilities of law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on the judicial segment of the administration of justice system. Topics include laws of arrest, custody, and analyses of the past, present, and future procedures for each subsystem within the administration of justice system, from initial entry to final disposition. The relationship each segment maintains with system members is also covered.

AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of EvidenceM3.0
AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3.0 units)

Advisory:AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of evidence rules. Emphasis is placed on the application of rules in preparing and presenting evidence. The course will discuss the history and approach to the study of evidence. Topics include proof by evidence and substitutes, general admissibility tests, evidence by way of witness testimony, documents, real evidence, and exclusion of evidence on constitutional grounds. For a better understanding of the evidence rules, judicial decisions are cited, and students are required to brief cases.

AJ 208 - Principles of InvestigationM3.0
AJ 208 - Principles of Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime. The topics covered include the 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 275 - Introduction to Forensic ScienceM3.0
AJ 275 - Introduction to Forensic Science (3.0 units)

Advisory:It is advised that students be able to engage in written composition at a college level and be able to read college-level texts.
Transfers to: CSU

This course prepares administration of justice, forensic science, and California peace officer students for the Forensic Science Identification Program. The course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations, examining methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents, and controlled substances.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Investigations COA program 12.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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