Criminal Justice

(formerly Administration of Justice)

COVID 19 Information - Important

 We take the health and safety of our students seriously and while we are putting on the academies during this time because it is deemed essential training, we will be following CDC, State and Local guidelines related to the pandemic.  Until updated guidelines are given, we will be taking the temperature of each student prior to their admittance onto campus each day, masks will be worn at all time and all academy classes will be broken into squads of no more than 10 people to ensure social distancing.  Thank you for your patience and willingness to be flexible during these trying times.  If you have any questions, please contact us at the contact information below.

 CJ 64 for Spring 2021 - BACK ON SCHEDULE !!!

ForSpring 2021 the CJ 64 Corrections Academy Course has been returned to the schedule with all new curriculum to meet the new state guidlines! If you are interested in the Corrections program, please click on the Corrections Academy link to the left in the navigation bar.

WELCOME !!!!!!!

All areas of Criminal Justice require that individuals possess the personal moral, ethical and physical qualities essential to be effective peace officers. Many employment opportunities currently exist for individuals desiring entrance into law enforcement or related fields at various governmental levels. Security and corrections are fast-growing professions. Individuals interested in these professions should understand that the work is demanding, requiring a combination of training, education, and experience, along with mental and physical stamina.


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Welcome to the Criminal Justice Homepage and the home of the Victor Valley College Regional Public Safety Training Center, located at 19190 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley, CA .  We thank you for your interest in our programs and are excited to assist you in succeeding!

Please see our Program Overview HERE

Here at Victor Valley College, we have an entire Criminal Justice program to get you moving in the direction you want  so you can succeed in the Criminal Justice Field, whether it be as a Law Enforcement Officer, a Corrections Officer, Probation Officer, Forensic Tech, or any of the other equally important careers in Criminal Justice.

All of our academic courses can be found in the Victor Valley College Catalog and on Web Advisor.  We look forward to seeing you in class!

Our Mission at the Regional Public Safety Training Center:

To prepare students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to enter and successfully complete a law enforcement agencies Field Training Program.  The Modular Law Enforcement Academy will: 

  • Provide the highest quality training possible
  • Provide a learning environment with considerations for safety
  • Maintain a well disciplined environment, resulting in highly disciplined graduates
  • Provide a learning environment which is free from discrimination based on religion, race, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation.


If you have any questions regarding, please contact the program director listed below:

Rand Padgett - Director

760-245-4271 ext. 2710 or or CELL: 559-908-1498


Current Law Enforcement Jobs:

For current law enforcement jobs, please see the following link from the POST website....they have a comprehensive list of all current openings throughout the state.

Law Enforcement Job Openings


Criminal Justice Courses

Victor Valley College offers a full range of Criminal Justice classes as well as the academies in order to fully prepare you to obtain an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and/or to transfer to a 4 year university to complete your Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  Please See Web Advisor for a full course listing.

Careers in the criminal justice field are found at the federal, state, county, and city levels.

For employment at the federal level in such agencies as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA), or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a bachelor's degree in accounting, computer information systems, or the physical sciences is preferred. Careers at the state, county, or city level usually require a high school diploma, but an associates degree is preferable. Careers in law enforcement usually start with Police Academy Training. This modulated academy provides the opportunity to become a reserve officer while completing Levels II and III of training. A Level I graduate may elect to become a reserve officer or may apply for a full-time position with a law enforcement agency in California.

Careers in Forensics - the application of science and technology to the analysis of physical evidence - may be entered through the Field Evidence Technician course (CJ 67) and the Fingerprint Recognition and Classification course (CJ 111).

Courses in Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry offer preparation for students planning to transfer to bachelor's level programs, such as those at the following CSU campuses: Fullerton, Long Beach, Sacramento, and Stanislaus. Candidates with master's degrees in this field are being offered salaries of around $70,000.

Career Opportunities

  • Communication Technician

  • Correctional Officer

  • Criminologist

  • Deputy Sheriff

  • Forensic Chemist

  • Forensic Technician

  • Juvenile Correctional Office

  • Police Officer

  • Probation Officer

  • Security Manager

  • Security Officer

  • Special Agent/Investigator


VVC RPSTC - 19190 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley, CA


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