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Police Academy/Basic Police Academy

The Rio Hondo Police Academy is a certificate program which is designed to prepare students to become entry-level police officers in local and state law enforcement agencies in California. This training course includes 42 learning domains, which includes instruction in leadership, professionalism and ethics, the criminal justice system, policing in the community, introduction to criminal law, laws of arrest, search and seizure, presentation of evidence, investigative report writing, vehicle operations, use of force, traffic enforcement, crime scenes, evidence, forensics, custody, arrest methods, First Aid/CPR, fire- arms, chemical agents, information systems, crimes against the justice system, cultural diversity/discrimination, and procedural justice. This course also meets the certification requirements of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that 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. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
Select one: PAC 075B / PAC 075E M7.0
Notes:
PAC 075B, C, D is the part-time academy/PAC 075E, F, G is the full-time academy

PAC 075B - Basic Course-Module III (Ext) (7.0 units)

Prerequisite: Medical clearance, California Department of Justice clearance for firearms training, passing scores on POST written and physical tests (agency sponsored cadets are exempt).
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Level III Reserve officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, vehicle operations, report writing, first aid/CPR, cultural diversity, and other related police topics. It is the level of training which satisfies the legal requirements for a Level III Reserve officer.

PAC 075E - Basic Academy Intensive Modular III (7.0 units)

Prerequisite: Medical clearance, California Department of Justice clearance for firearms training, passing scores on POST written and physical tests (agency sponsored cadets are exempt).
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Level III Reserve officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, vehicle operations, report writing, first aid/CPR, cultural diversity, and other related police topics. It is the level of training which satisfies the legal requirements for a Level III Reserve officer.

Select one: PAC 075C / PAC 075F M8.5
Notes:
PAC 075B, C, D is the part-time academy/PAC 075E, F, G is the full-time academy

PAC 075C - Basic Course - Module II (Ext) (8.5 units)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAC 075B or POST Module III, current (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Arrest and Firearms training requirements, passage of the POST-constructed Comprehensive Module III End-of-Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months, medical clearance, Department of Justice clearance for firearms training
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Level II Reserve officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, community relations, report writing, cultural diversity, and other related police topics. It is training which satisfies the legal requirements for a Level II Reserve officer and can be used as a Prerequisite for the PAC 075D Module I course.

PAC 075F - Basic Academy Intensive Modular II (8.5 units)

Prerequisite: Medical Clearance, California Department of Justice clearance for firearms training, passing scores on POST written and physical tests (agency sponsored cadets are exempt) and PAC 075E
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Level II Reserve officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, vehicle operations, report writing, first aid/CPR, cultural diversity, and other related police topics. It is the level of training which satisfies the legal requirements for a Level II Reserve officer.

Total Semester Units:15.5 
2nd Semester
Select one: PAC 075D / PAC 075G M21.5
Notes:
PAC 075B, C, D is the part-time academy/PAC 075E, F, G is the full-time academy

PAC 075D - Basic Course-Module I (Ext) (21.5 units)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAC 075B and PAC 075C or POST Modules III and II, current (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Arrest and Firearms training requirements, passage of the POST-constructed Comprehensive Module II End-of-Course Proficiency Test within the preceding 12 months, medical clearance, Department of Justice clearance for firearms training
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Level I Reserve officer or a regular peace officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, emergency vehicle operation, and other related police topics. It is the final level of training which constitutes satisfaction of the Regular Basic Course training requirement and the legal requirements for a Level I Reserve officer and a regular police officer in accordance with Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements.

PAC 075G - Basic Academy Intensive Modular I (21.5 units)

Prerequisite:Medical Clearance, California Department of Justice clearance for firearms training, Passing scores on POST written and physical tests (agency sponsored cadets are exempt) and PAC 075F
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment

This course is designed for those interested in becoming a Post Certified Police Officer. This course covers criminal law, evidence, investigations, firearms, arrest and control, vehicle operations, report writing, first aid/CPR, cultural diversity, and other related police topics. It is the level of training which satisfies the legal requirements for a Post Certified Police Officer.

Total Semester Units:21.5 
Total Units for Police Academy/Basic Police Academy COA program 37.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will apply the definitions of local, state, and federal legal statutes as well as constitutional principles addressed in the California Commission’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Learning Domains as they relate to law enforcement work.


2

Given realistic scenario scripts, students will demonstrate proficiency in handling situations that involve a variety of law enforcement-related incidents common in the day- to-day duties of a police officer.


3

Students will analyze situations that involve ethical dilemmas encountered in law enforcement, and determine what the correct ethical choice should be in each case.


4

Students will correctly demonstrate self-defense skills and tactics in a safe and proficient manner.


5

Students will demonstrate firearms skills and tactics in a safety and proficient manner.


6

Students will demonstrate emergency vehicle operations and tactics in a safety and proficient manner.


7

Students will utilize the concepts and tenets associated with the use of procedural justice.


8

Students will access a given situation and prepare an accurate and complete arrest report that meets the requirements of law enforcement agencies.


9

Students will use the certificate as a platform for a career as a peace officer.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

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