Administration of Justice
Maintain academic excellence and exceptional service to students, staff, faculty and community through acquisition of appropriate technology. Currently, AOJís ability to meet student and community demands is severely limited, especially in the Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Forensic Technology programs. More students can be served if the AOJ departmentís technology resources are expanded.
In order of priority, AOJís technology initiatives include the acquisition of:
1. Ten 35 mm cameras
2. 5 flash units for Cannon cameras
3. Fifteen Macro lenses
4. 24 Digital cameras
5. Ten lenses for the 35 & digital cameras
6. Other items listed in 2008-2010 Technology Plan
Names of Primary Participants:
P.J. Ortmeier, Ph.D., Professor / Coordinator, AOJ
Rick Michelson, Professor, AOJ
Lance Parr, Professor, AOJ
Tina Young, Instructor, AOJ
Kathy Sentz, AOJ Assistant
Larry Fregia, AOJ Adjunct Instructor
Keith Sears, AOJ Adjunct Instructor
Indicators of Success:
v Increase maximum student limit for impacted courses.
v Reduce the number of students on course priority wait lists.
v Reduce the number of students who must delay graduation due to their inability to enroll in impacted courses.
v Increase course laboratory time efficiency.
v Serve community needs.
v Expand number of distance learning presentations.
v Evaluation by course faculty.
The Administration of Justice (AOJ) Department prepares individuals for entry into and promotion in several careers: law enforcement, courts, corrections, forensic technology, security operations and management, and emergency dispatch. Technology utilized within the department has improved significantly in recent years. However, technology and its use are changing rapidly in all public safety arenas. To meet contemporary community needs, the AOJ Department must acquire and maintain appropriate technology.
The forensic technology component of the AOJ program, in particular, uses a wide variety of technologies to ensure graduate competitiveness and currency with the technologies used in the field. Instructors are employed in the forensics field and they attempt to keep instructional technology current. Many resources are perishable, and others are worn through extensive use. The credibility and integrity of the program rest on the ability to prepare students for employment and on the assurance that tools and equipment used in classes are relevant to those used in the workplace.
Some of the equipment, notably the microscopes and comparison microscopes, must be refurbished, adjusted and maintained. The equipment list also includes lamps and lenses, with adaptors and accompanying cables, fingerprint comparators, and an alternative light source microscope. The ability to take photographs of evidence with these devices is also critical, since photography is a major portion of a practitionerís workload. Part of the multi-year plan is to secure maintenance agreements to keep program equipment functioning.
With the technological advances in the field, AOJ equipment and supply requirements are constantly challenged. The need for a dedicated computer lab is still unresolved and will create challenges in the future. Sharing a lab with another department is not always appropriate.
New technologies will impact all areas of public safety and security services in the future. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, placed additional technological demands on AOJ-related occupations. New technologies must be integrated with curricula as technological advancements occur.
The first priority is to maintain current technology and equipment. With the development of new technologies, the need to upgrade and augment existing technology is certain. The ability to deliver quality instruction and expose students to the latest technology is critical.
Approximate Number of Students Served
The AOJ Department serves over 1200 students per semester. Demand for AOJ programs is expected to increase in the future. Federal, State, county, and municipal public safety agencies as well as private security service providers are expanding as the demand for public safety and security increases. Those currently employed in public safety and security must also upgrade their skills. According to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), 15,000 police job openings currently exist in California. In addition, a huge segment of currently employed public safety practitioners are expected to retire within the next few years. Retirements will create additional job openings and increase the demand for AOJ-related training and education.
Other than the support currently provided, it is not anticipated that additional technical or personnel support will be required in the next three years.
Year 1 (2007-2008)
Repair equipment, replace as necessary, and upgrade technology. Secure a maintenance agreement for equipment. Add photographic, police vehicles and other equipment to support law enforcement, corrections, security management, and forensic technology programs.
Action to Meet Objective
Year 2 (2008-2009)
The objective is to upgrade equipment in the Law Enforcement and Forensic Technology Programs. The need for a dedicated AOJ computer lab is also critical. Steps to acquire or develop a dedicated AOJ computer lab should be made. A dedicated computer lab (located in room 362) is an employer advisory group and a year 2000 program review recommendation.
Action to Meet Objective
Year 3 (2009-2010)
Live Scan is an electronic fingerprint collection and transmittal system. The digits of the fingers are scanned and transmitted electronically via the Internet. The equipment will be used to support instruction in the Forensic Technology, Security Management, and Law Enforcement degree programs as well as the police, corrections and security academies.
Action to Meet Objective