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Program Description

The criminal justice curriculum is made up of law enforcement courses and a carefully selected group of general education requirements designed to prepare each student for a career in the field of law enforcement and human relations.

Students are carefully counseled in order to ensure that they are able to enter a law enforcement agency of their choice. This counseling process includes physical, mental and emotional areas, as well as background requirements. Students are required to take various examinations that are common to the field of law enforcement. These examinations include quarterly physical ability examinations. Passing these physical ability tests is a prerequisite to CJ 237.

Portions of this two-year curriculum are transferable to four-year institutions. Students interested in four-year degrees should inquire at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific information.

Credits from the Spokane Police Academy can apply toward meeting the course requirements of this program.

A prior criminal, traffic or drug history may exclude individuals from employment. For further information, contact a program instructor.

Program Goals

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  1. compare today's criminal justice system with that of the past,
  2. apply basic methods of police patrol,
  3. apply basic theories of police operations and management,
  4. apply in a fair manner laws regulating public conduct,
  5. conduct preliminary traffic and criminal investigations (report results; collect, identify and preserve evidence; and testify effectively in court), and 
  6. deal effectively with the public and their varied problems, many of which are non-criminal in nature.

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Contact: Spokane Community College
Counseling Center, MS 2151
1810 N. Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Phone:Ric Villalobos, Counselor
(509) 533-7356 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7356
Email:Michael Prim at
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1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
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