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Law Enforcement Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 21
Term Effective: Fall 2023


The Law Enforcement Certificate of Achievement provides students with fundamental knowledge of the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on the law enforcement agencies.

The courses required by the Certificate are courses that are also required for an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Students can complete the Certificate and start their careers while continuing to work towards an AS-T degree in Public Safety. Completion of the requirements in this certificate can also apply to the Corrections Certificate of Achievement and the Juvenile Justice Certificate of Achievement.

Job openings in the law enforcement field are excellent. Due to increased emphasis on law enforcement and homeland security, numerous positions have been developed. Many local, state and national departments are expanding their opportunities.

Employment may be found with a variety of state, local, and federal agencies. Law Enforcement jobs with the federal government typically require a 4-year degree. State and local agencies prefer, if not require, a 2-year degree. Students completing the requirements of The Law Enforcement Certificate.

For students interested in an Associate degree, an Administration of Justice major is available. Students may also wish to further their education in the law enforcement field by transferring to a four-year university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Some of the requirements in this certificate also apply to the Corrections Certificate of Achievement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of mission, goals and legal premises that govern the criminal justice system;
  2. Use investigative skills to gather, analyze and assess information to recommend an outcome that is consistent with established laws and guidelines;
  3. Observe and evaluate the actions and the behavior of offenders to formulate a course of action consistent with the laws, policies and practices that govern law enforcement; and,
  4. Apply the principles of proper law enforcement techniques as they relate to the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Law Enforcement Certificate program are:

  • Complete 21 units from
    • Law Enforcement Requirements

Law Enforcement Requirements - complete 21.00 units
AJ 21Introduction to Administration of Justice3.00
AJ 22Concepts of Criminal Law3.00
AJ 25Community Relations3.00
AJ 57Basic Criminal Investigation3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
AJ 99IAdministration of Justice Internship1.00-8.00
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 55Criminal Procedures3.00
AJ 56Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
AJ 61Introduction to Evidence3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2022
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2019
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2014
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2013
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2012
Law Enforcement - effective Summer 2011
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 2010
Law Enforcement - effective Spring 2009
Law Enforcement - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


In order to receive this certificate, all courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
New students should consult an Administration of Justice Program Advisor.
Note: It is recommended that career Law Enforcement persons consider enrolling in District Police Campus Patrol courses for experience in the field . Interested students should contact the Districe Police Chief for more information.

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