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Administration of Justice (SOC CODE: 33-3051.01)

Job Description Overview

Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

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Sample Job Duties

  • Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.
  • Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.
  • Record facts to prepare reports that document incidents and activities.
  • Render aid to accident victims and other persons requiring first aid for physical injuries.
  • Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.
  • Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.
  • Testify in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Process prisoners, and prepare and maintain records of prisoner bookings and prisoner status during booking and pre-trial process.
  • Relay complaint and emergency-request information to appropriate agency dispatchers.
  • Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Administration of Justice Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0406

      The Certificate in Administration of Justice program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation.
      The courses emphasize the modern role of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice systems. Written and oral communication skills are a consistent focus. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include law enforcement as peace officers, corrections officers, custodial officers, non-sworn security and investigations, other non-sworn positions in law enforcement and public service.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 2Principles and Procedures of the Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      ADJU 4Legal Aspects of Evidence3
      ADJU 5Community Relations3
      ADJU 68Administration of Justice Report Writing3
      Choose four from the following:12
      ADJU 6
      Concepts of Enforcement Services
      ADJU 9
      Introduction to Homeland Security
      ADJU 10
      Introduction to Correctional Sciences
      ADJU 13
      Concepts of Traffic Services
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 38
      Narcotics Investigation
      ADJU 59
      Gangs and Corrections
      ADJU 74
      Vice Control
      ADJU 50
      Introduction to Forensics for Criminal Justice
      Total Units30
       
       
    • Administration of Justice: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      S0404

      The A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or adviser to discuss transfer of courses.
      The courses emphasize the modern role of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice systems. Written and oral communication skills are a consistent focus. Entry-level employment opportunities available after completion of this program may include law enforcement as peace officers, corrections officers, custodial officers, non-sworn security and investigations, other non-sworn positions in law enforcement and public service.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 2Principles and Procedures of the Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      ADJU 4Legal Aspects of Evidence3
      ADJU 5Community Relations3
      ADJU 68Administration of Justice Report Writing3
      Choose four from the following:12
      ADJU 6
      Concepts of Enforcement Services
      ADJU 10
      Introduction to Correctional Sciences
      ADJU 13
      Concepts of Traffic Services
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 38
      Narcotics Investigation
      ADJU 59
      Gangs and Corrections
      ADJU 74
      Vice Control
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      SOC 5
      Introduction to Criminology
      or SOC 5H
      Introduction to Criminology - Honors
      Total Units30

      Administration of Justice Website

    • Administration of Justice: AS-T

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0362

      The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer provides a broad base of education in the discipline. Students will acquire the ability to identify and apply legal precedents in field work, be prepared to understand the use of criminal codes in the investigation and documentation of crime, and become familiarized with the social factors that involve police interaction within the community. The degree will support students interested in branching out into undergraduate studies in the social sciences.

      To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 units that are eligible for transfer to CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System3
      ADJU 3Concepts of Criminal Law3
      List A
      Choose two from the following:6
      ADJU 2
      Principles and Procedures of the Justice System
      ADJU 4
      Legal Aspects of Evidence
      ADJU 5
      Community Relations
      ADJU 20
      Principles of Investigation
      ADJU 50
      Introduction to Forensics for Criminal Justice
      List B
      Choose two from the following:6
      MATH 110
      Elementary Statistics
      or MATH 110H
      Elementary Statistics - Honors
      PSYC 1A
      Introduction to Psychology
      or PSYC 1AH
      Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      SOC 1
      Introduction to Sociology
      or SOC 1H
      Introduction to Sociology - Honors
      Total Units for Major18
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
      Total Units60

      Additional Notations

      In addition to List C, any CSU transferable Administration of Justice lower division course or courses outside the Administration of Justice discipline that are articulated as lower division major preparation for the Criminal Justice or Criminology Major at any CSU.

      Administration of Justice Website

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