The Community Service Officer Certificate of Achievement prepares students to work in the field of public safety and security, both in public and private sectors. The coursework emphasizes the development of communication skills, criminal law and investigation, contemporary issues facing law enforcement, ethical and moral reasoning competence, and skills necessary of the Community Service Officer (CSO).  The Certificate of Achievement supports career pathways to law enforcement, government, and private industry as Community Service Officers (CSO), security personnel, police explorers, and ancillary legal and professional support staff.  Students are required to complete AJ 120 and AJ 139 at Evergreen Valley College to be eligible for this certificate.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective communication necessary of the Community Service Officer (CSO).

  • Interpret and analyze concepts and theories related to criminal law, law enforcement, Community Service Officers, and legal support staff from multiple perspectives.

  • Apply and integrate terminology and practices that relate to criminal law, law enforcement, Community Service Officers, and legal support staff.

  • Recognize the value of a multicultural society and the importance of legal, procedural, and social justice within legal and public environments.

  • Analyze and consider personal decisions and ideas related to legal, moral, and ethical standards that ensure a professional level of civility, civic responsibility, and public perception.

Required Courses

Course Title Units
AJ 011 Criminal Law 3
AJ 014 Contemporary Police Issues 3
AJ 120 Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Criminal Justice 3
AJ 139 Introduction to Public Safety Community Service Officer 3
Total Units 12

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