GWC Criminal Justice Aims to Keep our Kids Safe


The Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College is offering a new Campus Safety Officer (CSO) course to train safety officers for the K-12 school setting. ThE five-week course will meet on Saturdays beginning March 1, 2014.

The CSO course was uniquely created to address today’s safety concerns for students and faculty — connecting education and school safety with best practices. It was designed to attract individuals exploring a career in school safety, retired law enforcement seeking to continue serving in the community,  mental health professionals, or school officials/personnel desiring to expand their knowledge of safety practices.

Colleene Preciado, academy coordinator for the Specialized Investigators Basic Course said, “I would love to have PTA members go through this course, custodians, staff, – whoever is on a campus at any time. This course is for them, in addition to the people who want to do this for a living.”

The course is a contract education program (non-POST certified), with 40  hours of instruction, at a cost of $350. Graduates will earn a Certificate of Completion that meets the standards of SB 1626 and BSIS Powers of Arrest Training.

The training provided meets the requirements to obtain a state security guard card, and at the end of the fourth day of training students interested will have the opportunity to initiate security guard and live scan fingerprint applications (for an additional cost). An additional firearms course (outside of GWC) would be required to become an armed guard.

Students will receive high-quality training by an impressive instructional team comprised of law enforcement professionals, school public safety professionals, mediation and mental health professionals, and school administrators.

Application for enrollment,  and more information about the course are available online at:

View article published in the WAVE on January 30, 2014