Police Science

Division: Special Programs
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Police Science is an academic discipline concerned with the study of practical law enforcement practices. The skills developed in within this discipline include  Programs that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and related occupations, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, police officer, deputy sheriff, and other law enforcement related occupations. 

Transfer requirements in are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

COS Police Training | (559) 583-2600 | Hanford Center | Hanford Campus

Provost - Hanford Educational Center

Kristin Robinson | (559) 583-2523 | kristinr@cos.edu 
Hanford Education Building: E54 | Hanford Campus

PS 200M1 Basic Police Academy, Module 1 13.5 - 17 unit(s)
Hours: 8.5 - 10.5 Lecture/Discussion
16 - 20.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $49
Equivalent Course: AJ 200M3
This is the third module of a three-module series leading to completion of the Basic Police Academy. Students who complete this module may be appointed as a Peace Officer or Level 1 Reserve Peace Officer. This module will provide advanced training in such skill areas as firearms, arrest and control techniques, preliminary investigation, investigative report writing, emergency vehicle operations, and traffic enforcement. Exercise and scenario testing are prominent in this module. Because this course requires strenuous running, lifting, reaching, falling and range of motion activities, students should be free of any medical or physical conditions which could be aggravated by participating in the course. Students must participate fully in order to successfully complete the course. Entry into this program requires the following: Current certification (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Training requirements(CA Code of Regulations, Title 11, Division 2, Section 1080) No felony conviction (CA Government Code 1029) High school diploma, GED or Proficiency Examination (CA Government Code 1031) Fingerprint Clearance from the California Department of Justice (Government Code Section 1030) Current certification in First Aid and CPR training requirements for public safety personnel as prescribed by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority and set forth in the (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 1.5, Sections 10005-100028) Valid California Driver’s License Recent medical clearance by a licensed physician Possession of all required equipment, uniforms, supplies and materials
Prerequisites: PS 200M2 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PS 200M2 Basic Police Academy, Module 2 8.5 - 11.5 unit(s)
Hours: 6 - 8 Lecture/Discussion
8 - 11 Lab
Materials Fees: $8
Equivalent Course: AJ 200M2
This is the second module of a three-module series leading to completion of the Basic Police Academy. Students who complete this module may be appointed as Level II Reserve Peace Officers. This module will provide advanced training in California criminal law, search and seizure, presentation of evidence; and intermediate-level training in firearms, arrest and control techniques, and investigative report writing. Because this course requires strenuous running, lifting, reaching, falling and range of motion activities, students should be free of any medical or physical conditions which could be aggravated by participating in the course. Students must participate fully in order to successfully complete the course. Entry into this program requires the following: Current certification (within last 3 years) in PC 832 Training requirements(CA Code of Regulations, Title 11, Division 2, Section 1080) No felony conviction (CA Government Code 1029) High school diploma, GED or Proficiency Examination (CA Government Code 1031) Fingerprint Clearance from the California Department of Justice (Government Code Section 1030) Current certification in First Aid and CPR training requirements for public safety personnel as prescribed by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority and set forth in the (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 1.5, Sections 10005-100028) Valid California Driver’s License Recent medical clearance by a licensed physician Possession of all required equipment, uniforms, supplies and materials
Prerequisites: PS 200M3 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PS 200M3 Basic Police Academy, Module 3 6 - 7.5 unit(s)
Hours: 4.5 - 5.5 Lecture/Discussion
5 - 7 Lab
Materials Fees: $10
Equivalent Course: AJ 200M1
This is the first module of a three-module series leading to completion of the Basic Police Academy. This module will provide basic training in such skill areas as firearms, arrest & control techniques, preliminary investigation, investigative report writing, emergency vehicle operation, and traffic enforcement. Students must participate fully in order to successfully complete the course. Entry into the course requires the following: Passing score on POST Entry Level Reading and Writing Test (CA-POST Commission Regulation 1951) No felony convictions (CA Government Code 1029) High school diploma, GED or Proficiency Examination (CA Government Code 1031) Fingerprint Clearance from the California Department of Justice (Government Code Section 1030) Valid California Driver’s License Recent medical clearance by a licensed physician Possession of all required equipment, uniforms, supplies and materials Physical agility test First Aid / CPR / AED training in compliance with California Code of Regulations, Division 9, Title 22, Chapter 1.5, First Aid Standards for Public Safety Personnel effective April 1, 2015.
Prerequisites: PS 310 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PS 208 PC 832 (Non Firearms) 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
0.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $38
Equivalent Courses: AJ 208, AJ 208AD
Designed to satisfy the curriculum standards of the Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training (POST) as required by Penal Code Section 832. Topics include: Professional Orientation, California Criminal Law, Rules of Evidence, Laws of Arrest, Use of Force and Community Relations. This course is mandated by state law for persons in diverse peace officer classifications not requiring the carrying of firearms.
PS 209 PC 832/Agency Firearms 0.5 unit(s)
Hours: 1.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $8
Equivalent Courses: AJ 209, AJ 209AD
Designed to satisfy the curriculum requirements of the California Commission on Peace Officers' Standards as required by Penal Code section 832. This course is required for probation officers, correctional officers and diverse other peace officer classifications whose jobs require the carrying of a sidearm. Topics include: firearms safety, care and cleaning of sidearms, and sidearm shooting and combat principles. The final session involves qualifying with a sidearm at the firearms range. Students must provide sidearms, ammunition carrier and holster.
PS 310 Police Academy Orientation 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
0.5 Lab
Materials Fees: $24
This course is a prerequisite to PS200M3, the first module of the Basic Police Academy. The intent of this course is to help students understand the requirements of the Police Academy program, as well as prepare for and complete the written and physical agility testing required for entrance into the Basic Police Academy.
PS 313 Basic Academy Preparation 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Materials Fees: $10
Equivalent Course: AJ 313
This course stresses the integration of reading, writing, and study skills with concepts of cultural awareness and law enforcement professional values and ethics. The intent of this course is to assist students with developing the requisite skills for entering and completing the Basic Training Academy (PS 200).