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CRIM 108, Directed Policing

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The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has been instructing CRIM 108 for over 50 years. During this time, hundred's of this nation's law enforcement officers have attended this hands-on course. Subject matter experts provide the most up-to-date professional training in the state. Crim 108 is an excellent course for Criminology majors with a Law Enforcement option.


The goal of the Criminology 108 program is to provide training to Fresno State Criminology students who are interested in Law Enforcement, with the ultimate objective being, to hire these college graduates as Fresno County Deputy Sheriff's.

The 108 Unit has a long history of producing the finest Law Enforcement Officers around and will continue this effort in the future.

The 108 Unit is not designed to provide long-term employment as a substitute for a full time Law Enforcement career. The Sheriff's Training Unit will provide on going training and assist 108s in obtaining the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in a job in full time Law Enforcement.

The members of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department, in partnership with the community, are dedicated to excellence in the delivery of public safety services.


The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is committed to an ongoing partnership with the community based on communication, cooperation and trust. This partnership will promote an environment that ensures safety and peace, while treating all persons with respect and dignity.


  • Professionalism - While leading by example, we are committed to excellence, honor, and valor in the performance of our duties.
  • Accountability - Through communication and cooperation we strive to build community confidence with sensitivity to the diversity of all people, holding all employees to the highest standards of professional conduct.
  • Integrity - Dedication to the ethical standards of honesty, humility, fairness and respect.
  • Trust - Through teamwork to instill mutual respect between ourselves, and to promote confidence within the community.
  • Commitment - To these principles, to the public, and to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Course Description

Supervised field experience in police work for interpreting theories developed in parallel Criminology courses. Approved for SP grading. CR/NC grading only. (Minimum of 6 field hours per unit.) Units: 3. Course is offered in Fall and Spring. New students entering into the CRIM 108 program will only be admitted in Fall semesters.

Course Requirements

  • Open to Criminology majors
  • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor Captain Neil Dadian (Ret.) and sponsoring agency
  • Requires a two year commitment (one year of training and one year of directed policing)
  • Purchase of uniform required

CRIM 108 Documents

FALL 2019 Forms

CRIM 108 Fall 2019 Course Information (Word)
CRIM 108 Fall 2019 Instructions to Students (PDF)
CRIM 108 Fall 2019 Student Screening Form (PDF)
CRIM 108 Fall 2019 FCSO Physical Activity Waiver (Word) (PDF)
CRIM 108 Fall 2019 Academy PT Recommendations (Word) (PDF)
CRIM 108 Fall 2019 Timeline (Word)(PDF)
Essential Functions Reserve Officer (Word) (PDF)


Instruction and Training

CRIM 108 students meet 2 nights a week, plus a few Saturdays, for the first two semesters. This completes P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training) Module III and Module II. During the training, the student is exposed to classroom as well as hands-on training including: vehicle operations, firearms, weaponless defense, impact weapons, building searches, vehicle and pedestrian checks, and dealing with disturbances. The training is completed in a cohort over the Fall and Spring semesters. Once the training is completed and the student passes a rigorous polygraph examination, psychological and medical examinations, and a thorough background check, the student is then sworn as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.


Classroom instruction is held at the Sheriff's Office Training Center. All of the instructors are P.O.S.T. certified and experienced law enforcement trainers.

Work Experience

Fresno State Reserve Deputy Sheriffs must volunteer 120 patrol hours per semester, with options to also work paid details such as:

  • Boating Enforcement
  • Investigative Assistants
  • Sheriff's Foundation
  • Sheriff's Fleet
  • Court Security
  • Special Assignments

Additional information

CRIM 108, Directed Policing fulfills the internship requirement for a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.

Students must be able to commit themselves for at least two years and meet the minimum requirements for California Peace Officer certification. Students will receive training and instruction from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office on both weekday evenings and on weekends. If they pass all of the phases of training, they may become reserve Deputy Sheriffs with some part-time paid employment and a good chance at permanent employment with the Sheriff's Office after graduation.

The Sheriff's Office will conduct a complete background investigation on all applications to the Crim 108 program, including but not limited to a psychological and polygraph (lie detector) exam, a physical agility and a drug test, a thorough criminal history and driving records check, interviews with neighbors, friends, former employers, and the like.

Students will receive three units of college credit for each semester in which they participate in Crim 108. If you are physically fit and meet the minimum requirements for peace officer status, contact Captain Neil Dadian (Ret.) a few months before transferring to Fresno State.


For more information, please contact:

Instructor: Captain Neil Dadian (Ret.)