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Criminal Justice

Be the Change You Wish to See

Our Criminal Justice program emphasizes a pragmatic hands-on approach to understanding crime and deviant behavior, and the nature of law and social control.  In our program, students are provided with the critical thinking, report writing, and public speaking skills necessary to become a competent peace officer. We seek to provide practical and theoretical training through hands-on classroom activities taught by law enforcement professionals.

We also grant quarter units for a C.A. Post Certificate or CDC Corrections Certificate; also, we are certified to present the Probation Officer Core Course where students earn an STC Certificate for Completion. Our bachelor’s degree program offers three concentrations to help students focus on their interests and enhance their skills. Our concentrations are: Law Enforcement or Corrections, Probation, and Parole; Law Enforcement; and Human Resources, Leadership, and Management  (with a minimum cohort).

Shana Brucia

Mrs. Brucia is the Chair for Criminal Justice department.

Shannon Gonzales

Mrs. Gonzales is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department and the STC Core Probation Office Academy.  She is an Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Supervisor for San Joaquin County Probation Department and has worked in the probation field since 1995.  She is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Corrections and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University in Sacramento.  Ms. Gonzales’ experience includes assignments in the Juvenile, Adult and Juvenile Detention Divisions and ranges from supervision, court, report writing, placement, pretrial and day reporting.  Ms. Gonzales currently manages the Adult Division for her department.

Jolene Gonzales

Ms. Gonzales is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department.  She is a Lieutenant for the Modesto Police Department where she serves as a Watch Commander.  She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.  She is currently in CA POST Command College and is slated to attend the FBI National Academy in 2012.  She started her career over 25 years ago and has worked in patrol, investigations, Internal Affairs, and training.

Ron Reid

Mr. Reid is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department.  He is Acting Captain for the Turlock Police Department, where he serves as a Watch Commander.  He earned his Master of Science Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Emergency Service Administration.  He is currently in CA POST Command College.  He started his career over 22 years ago and has worked in patrol, investigations, and he currently is the supervisor for SWAT and Hostage Negotiations.

Jim West

Mr. West is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department.  He was the Chief of Police for the Stockton Unified School District Police Department.  After a 24-year career in law enforcement (patrol, investigations, communications, and disaster planning), Mr. West has become a licensed private investigator.  He attended Occidental College and the State University of New York at Purchase, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Georgette Brown

Mrs. Brown is an instructor for our Criminal Justice department and is a police officer with the Stockton Police Department, where she started her career in 2004.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration with a minor in Business Administration from National University, Sacramento in 2004.  She also has earned her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2010.

Steven Van Meter

Mr. Van Meter is an instructor for the Criminal Justice department.  He has worked for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and over 10 years as a Sergeant.  He has worked as a supervisor on Patrol, Detectives, Custody (AWP), and in Courts.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from Long Beach State University.  He has over 10 years Custody experience with adult inmates and with juveniles during prior employment at the San Joaquin Juvenile Hall.  He served 10 years as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.  He is a 2007 graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI).

What You’ll Learn

  • The roots and sources of the American legal system
  • Foundations of procedural and substantive criminal law
  • Research and investigatory techniques
  • Observational and investigative report writing

What You’ll Take

Bachelor of Science

Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts

Degree Requirements



What You’ll Earn

Bachelor of Science

Concentrations in:

Corrections, Probation, & Parole
Law Enforcement

Associate in Arts


Why Humphreys?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our campuses— days and evenings— and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Your Future in Criminal Justice

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Criminal Justice graduates use their breadth of knowledge in critical thinking, report writing, and public speaking to pursue countless occupations in the field of law enforcement. Consider any of these careers in Criminal Justice:

  • Police Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Investigator
  • Special Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Border Patrol Agent