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Criminal Justice A.S. Degree – Criminal Investigations

Available at our El Cajon Campus
(619) 596-2766

Criminal Justice, AS

Emphasis in Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Justice A.S. degree program is designed to prepare graduates for entry into state, local, or federal law enforcement, corrections, or private security. Students will study the U.S. Constitution, American court systems, Federal and California state laws, and past and current criminal trends. Students will be prepared to properly articulate, format and complete various types of reports and professional communication. Prior to graduation, students will be introduced to the application process for various local, state, and federal agencies.

The Associate of Science is available in four different emphasis areas and builds upon the Criminal Justice & Public Safety program. Students are required to choose one emphasis path in either Criminal Investigations, Corrections, Homeland Security, or Corporate Security & Public Safety.

71 Semester Credit Hours

62 Weeks (15-16 Months)

Accredited by the COE

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Emphasis Curriculum

See full Associate of Science Curriculum

Principles of Investigation

CI 101

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including 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.

Required for all emphasis paths

Search and Seizure

CI 102

This course is designed to teach new Federal and State Search and Seizure changes and recent requirements which affect current law enforcement procedures.

Crime Scene Documentation

CI 201

This course will provide the students with an understanding of the procedures of crime scene observation, note taking, photography and report writing.

Crime Scene Processing

CI 202

This course is designed to introduce the investigative concepts involved in the “Crime Scene Dynamics” of processing the aftermath of a criminal incident. The students will be exposed to how to respond to crime scenes, and examine the multitude of responsibilities involved, such as: the evidence must be identified, photographed, and preserved, witnesses must be isolated and interviewed, the scene must be isolated and protected, fingerprints must be developed, and suspects must be identified and located.

Domestic Violence

CI 203

This course presents the patterns and characteristics of victims in the criminal justice system. Topics include the cause, consequences, and prevalence of domestic violence, and the different approaches law enforcement has taken to respond to victims’ issues.

Sex Offenders

CO 203

This course explores issues related to deviant sexual behavior in contemporary society. Topics include sexual offenders, child molesters, pornography, Megan’s Law, sexual assault, incest, prostitution, and sex offender legislation.

Private Security Academy Certificate

Private Security Academy Certificate
Series Description
Part 1 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Powers to Arrest, Live Scan, State Forms, Test, and Diploma/Certificate of Completion
Part 2 To be completed within 30 days of receiving Guard Card. Public relations, Observation and Documentation, Communications, Liability, and Legal Aspects.
Part 3 To be completed within six months of receiving your guard card. Difficult people, work place violence, officer survival, handcuffing, incident scene, courtroom testimony, arrest/search, report writing.
BSIS Firearms Testing, state forms, live scan, range qualification and training, ammunition, range fees.
Firearms Qualifications Qualifications must be completed quarterly/twice per year along with firearms refresher. Ammunition, written test, range qualifications and fees, ammunition.
BSIS Baton PR/24, expandable baton, straight stick. State card and certificate issued.
BSIS Tear Gas Case, permit, canister of tear gas, card, and certificate.
Taser Case, permit, two live rounds, certificate, and card.
Basic Life Support American Heart Association. AED training included along with, test, cards, and student manual.
TECC Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for law enforcement and first responders.


Cost of the Program
$17,790.00 Tuition
$450.00 Fees

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Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2016 Annual Report)
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The Median Loan Debt for Students in this program for award year 2014-2015.
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ATA College Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.
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