2013-14 Unit Plan
Law Enforcement Academy

Mission Statement

The Butte College Public Safety Education & Training Center educates and trains students to serve and protect the public in a highly competent and professional manner.

Program Description

Courses presented under the auspices of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) are listed as AJLE (Administration of Justice – Law Enforcement) courses in the College Schedule.  They include the Regular Basic Law Enforcement Academy in intensive format and “Advanced Officer” courses, which are also referred to as Perishable Skills training, for in-service peace officers. They have included the Regular Basic Law Enforcement Academy with Fish and Game Emphasis. The Fish and Game Program discontinued its relationship with the college in late 2012, but is pursuing a return in late 2013.  Combined, the AJLE programs generate approximately 324 FTE.  

Completion of the programs in this unit allow for students to earn the following:

1.   Certificate of Completion - P.O.S.T. Regular Basic Law Enforcement Academy
2.   AS Degree - Law Enforcement Academy, Basic (Career/Technical)
3.   Certificate of Completion - P.O.S.T. Regular Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Fish and Wildlife Emphasis
4.   AS Degree - Law Enforcement Academy, Basic/Fish and Wildlife Emphasis (Career/Technical)
5.   Certificate of Achievement - Law Enforcement Academy, Basic/Fish and Wildlife Emphasis
6.   Certificates of completion for P.O.S.T. courses, including: Dispatch Course, 832 Arrest Module, 832 Firearms Module. 

All pedagogical caps have been reviewed and are appropriate.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

The Butte College Law Enforcement Academy has distinguished itself in a number of ways, not the least of which is its ability to remain current with the ever changing regulations of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. As such, we will remain dedicated to education and training of staff, along with implementation of new regulations and guidelines as required.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    With a recent awareness that this program is not currently approved for a Certificate of Achievement from the Chancellor's Office, we will be working to apply and receive such approval so certificates may be issued.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Development and completion of the Scenario Village at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) will enhance scenario based training for several disciplines at the college in addition to all those in the public safety disciplines.  Although some foundational work has been completed, and a few partially completed buildings are in place, it will be a continuing priority to bring this project to fruition.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    In seeking to create environments which are most conducive to employee and student wellness, safety and quality learning, we continue to identify relevant gaps. In the case of the law enforcement academy, two of the most important venues, the firearms training range and the EVOC track, continue to be lacking restroom facilities. During training, porta-potties are rented and placed at the sites, but they are less than desirable. A priority for the future of the academy program will be to construct restroom facilities at both locations.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 5

    Our current instructional firearms range is on leased land from the Department of Water Resources, and is located approximately twenty-five miles south west of the College.  This site has been used for approximately twenty-five years, during which time a number of improvements have occurred.  However, it remains a challenging site due primarily to rattlesnake threats, wasps and other hazards.  While no student has been snake bitten to date, close calls tend to occur annually.  Additionally, recent environmental interests in the area promulgated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife suggest that our lease may not be as stable as previously believed.  Finally, area build-up is resulting in complaints of noise and ricochets.  Consequently, a suitable instructional firearms facility, preferably indoor to accommodate for extreme weather, should be planned for and it would be ideal if this were part of a stand-a-lone Public Safety Education & Training Facility. It is likely such a facility would cost at least $3.5 million. Opportunities to secure funding and/or build such a facility will be a priority over the next several years.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    Enhance coordination with the Criminal Justice Degree Program at CSU Chico to support and encourage students who have graduated with associate degrees, matriculated into baccalaureate programs and graduated, and who wish to become California peace officers to return to Butte College to attend the Law Enforcement Academy.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    1.   Nearly a dozen computer work stations are assigned to AJLE support staff. As technology is ever-changing, it remains imperative to upgrade computers on a regular schedule. Realizing the limitations of fiscal resources, we will focus on incremental replacement/upgrade over multiple fiscal years.

    2.   In FY 2011-2012, the secretary III position that provides primary support for AJLE was reduced from full-time, 12 months to full-time, 11 months. It is a priority to restore this position to a 12 month position.

    3.   As has been noted a number of times historically, there is an urgent need for an, other than "porta-potty" restroom facility at the firearms training range. This is a leased facility, and because it will require restoration to its natural state at such time as Butte College leaves it in the future, it is suggested consideration be given to a self-contained, green, modular unit. Costs for such facilities are wide-ranging, and it would be expected that such a facility would be established in conjunction with Facilities Planning Management.

    4.   As has also been noted a number of times historically, there is an urgent need for an, other than "porta-potty" restroom facility at the EVOC Track. As with the range restroom, it is suggested consideration be given to a self-contained, green, modular unit. Costs for such facilities are wide-ranging, and it would be expected that such a facility would be established in conjunction with Facilities Planning Management.

    5.   There continues to be a need for a shade structure at the EVOC course. Placement of such will help to provide shelter from the sun and rain while students are required to be present at the track for training. Staff is working on acquiring and installing a surplus shelter, but there may be funding required at some point.

    6.  The EVOC Course is not designed for high speed.  Various safety enhancements have already occurred with assistance from the College’s Heavy Equipment Operator Course (dirt berms, etc…).  Currently, speeds are controlled by practices using “trained eyes” that our instructors have developed over the years as working peace officers.  Additionally, some of the training involves reaching certain minimum speeds (lane changes, etc…) and these too are estimated unless the instructor is inside the vehicle observing the speedometer.  To cure this void and enhance safety, we recommend taking advantage of sustainable technology and procuring a solar-powered radar operated speed sign for use on the EVOC.

    7.   With the proposed return of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the District, there will be a need for funding. Although details of an agreement have not been established, there is a clear historical record. Specifically: "The California State Department of Fish & Game and Butte College are in a partnership wherein DF&G offers their POST approved Academy at Butte College.  DF&G will provide and compensate their instructors for approximately 600 hours of this Academy and Butte College for the other approximate 600 hours.  Butte College retains all FTE.  The return to Butte College on every dollar spent on this program approaches a 3:1 ratio.  Recent increases to student fees have made the potential payment impossible.  For the benefit of Butte College’s reputation with contracts, this should be revised.

    Fund the Fish & Game Academy in an ongoing manner with $121,100 in the 210550 account.  $15,000 must be set aside as payment to DF&G under the terms of the Instructional Services Agreement; and, $2,122 per student (50 students = $106,100 + $15,000 = $121,100) provided by DF&G and patron for the extent of the Academy by Butte College."

    As negotiations for a new contract are in their infancy, final details remain to be seen, but it is clear there will need to be District funding available to support the return of Fish and Wildlife.

    Current Revenue Stream

    The Law Enforcement Academy is supported primarily by the General Fund, with some additional support coming from student material fees. Additionally, Perkins Funds have been utilized to to rectify safety issues and replace critically important equipment.

    In relation to the Fish and Wildlife Academy, State funds from the Department of Fish and Wildlife also support academy activities and instruction.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes AJLE Equipment (3) Replacement Computers 11-000-511-1-1210500 56411 $3,600.00 $0.00 Replace three staff outdated staff computers
    2 Yes AJLE Personnel Restore secretary III to 12 months 11-000-511-1-210500 52120 $4,200.00 $0.00 Restore secretary III that provides primary support to AJLE from 11 months to 12 months
    3 Yes AJLE Facilities Restrooms at Firing range 11-000-511-1-210500 56000 $0.00 $0.00 Design, construct,acquire modular, green restroom facility for firearms training range. Costs unkonown at this time
    4 Yes AJLE Facilities EVOC Track Restroom Facilities 11-000-511-1-210500 56000 $0.00 $0.00 Design, acquire, construct restroom facilities at EVOC Track. Cost are unknown at this time
    Total(s) $7,800.00 $0.00