Skip to main content Skip to main navigation Skip to footer content


CRIM 108 - Directed Policing



Fresno State University and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office have maintained a long-standing partnership through the Criminology (CRIM) 108 program. This partnership has been in existence for over 50 years. Thousands of this nation's law enforcement professionals have attended and graduated from this exceptional course. Subject matter experts comprised of Sheriff’s Office Training and Academy staff provide instruction with the most up-to-date, cutting-edge professional training in the law enforcement industry. The CRIM 108 course is open to Fresno State Criminology majors. Non-criminology majors may be considered for the program, with prior approval from the course professor. 

The goal of the CRIM 108 program is to provide hands-on training and real-world experience to Fresno State Criminology students who are interested in a future career in law enforcement or public safety. The ultimate objective is for the student to be hired full-time with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, or other law enforcement agency, after the student has completed their bachelor’s degree. This program has a long history of producing some of the finest law enforcement officers around.



New student enrollment (cohorts) occurs in the Fall semester of each academic year. Students will not be accepted/enrolled during the Spring or Summer semesters. However, you may begin submitting your application forms once the updated forms have been posted on this website [see instructions below]. New forms are usually posted in March, each year. 

Note: Be sure the forms you are submitting are for the proper upcoming academic Fall semester and year. 

Students generally enter the program their Junior year at Fresno State. The CRIM 108 program requires a two (2) year commitment, which encompasses both the student’s Junior and Senior years. Furthermore, students should be at least twenty (20) years of age at the time they start the program. Any exceptions to this age and time requirement must be approved by the course instructor. Feel free to contact the course instructor with any specific questions you may have. 



Dear students, 

Updated forms for the CRIM 108 program will be posted well in advance of the enrollment deadline. I will aim to post these forms on the website sometime during the Spring semester (usually in March). Having read the “New Student Enrollment” information above, if you wish to apply for the program, you must complete the following two forms:

  1. The “Course Information & Acknowledgment” form
  2. The “New Student Screening” form

Once completed and signed/initialed, these forms should be saved as a .pdf.  Attach BOTH forms to one (1) email, addressed to me. In the “Subject” line of the email, type the following: “New Student [Your last name, first name]”. For example, “New Student Lincoln, Abraham.” 

Both forms should be filled out completely and accurately. Do not leave any boxes blank. If the question does not apply to your situation, mark “N/A” for not applicable. When asked to explain something on the form, be detailed and specific. Remember, this is essentially your job application to be accepted into the CRIM 108 program. I will screen each student’s forms and will communicate with you via email, throughout the process.

Please be patient. I receive a lot of applications. It could take me weeks to review your application and respond to you. 

Lastly, this is an incredibly rewarding program that will expose you to real-world, hands-on training and field experience like no other program in the CSU system, UC system, or western region. It is truly one of a kind. I know this because I am also a proud graduate of CRIM 108 and Fresno State. If you think you have what it takes, I welcome you to apply and I look forward to meeting you at our first class session in the Fall!  


Ryan Hushaw, Adjunct Professor – Criminology Department 


Please review this brief, eight minute narrated PowerPoint video regarding the program. Be sure your sound is turned on. 



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.



  • Open to Criminology majors (all options), including Forensic Behavioral Sciences. Any exceptions to the major requirement must be approved by the course instructor.
  • Prerequisite: Permission to enroll must be received from the course instructor and the sponsoring agency. If you are accepted into the program, you will be provided a unique permission number for registration. 
  • Requires a two-year commitment (one year of training and one year of directed policing).
  • Purchase of uniforms is required (roughly $250-$300). This cost is spread out over two semesters. 
  • Class/academy attendance is mandatory. These hours are required by the State of California for certification purposes. 



(None available at this time) 




Please review this document first, before filling out any forms:

Student Instructions

You are required to submit BOTH forms to the course instructor:

You will need to download both forms and fill them out using Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader (free), or by using the Mac Preview/Mark-up application. If you do not know how to do this, ask someone for help who does!

**** THE DEADLINE to submit forms for the 2023/2024 AY is Tuesday, August 22, 2023 by 5pm.   

  1. Fall 2023/Spring 2024 "Course Information & Acknowledgment" Download Form
  2. Fall 2023/Spring 2024 "New Student Screening" Download Form  

Please read these forms for information only, but do not submit:

Physical Activity Waiver

Academy Physical Training Recommendations

Fresno Sheriff Reserve Officer Essential Functions



First-year CRIM 108 students meet two (2) nights a week, as well as most Saturdays. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 10pm, as well as all day Saturday. These classes/hours are required in order to complete the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Module III and Module II reserve peace officer academies. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. 

During the academy portion, the student is exposed to classroom lecture, as well as hands-on training that includes emergency vehicle operations, firearms, weaponless defense, impact weapons, building searches, vehicle and pedestrian checks, professionalism & ethics, community relations, crisis intervention & deescalation, and dealing with various types of situations law enforcement officers generally encounter. This training is completed in a cohort of students over the Fall (Module III) and Spring (Module II) semesters. Once the training is completed, the student undergoes the hiring process to become a reserve deputy sheriff with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. This process requires the student to participate in a polygraph examination, a thorough background check, and a psychological and medical examination (all required by the State of California for hiring puposes). Upon successful completion of all phases, the student is then sworn-in as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. At this time, the student will complete year-two of the program, which encompasses the Directed Policing portion. This is where the newly hired student/reserve deputy sheriff will work along-side a full-time deputy sheriff, while performing actual law enforcement duties out in the community. 



Classroom instruction is generally held at various Sheriff’s Office training centers, however, some lecture-based classes may be held on the Fresno State campus. All Sheriff’s Office Academy instructors are state certified (California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) to teach in an academy environment and are experienced law enforcement trainers/professionals.



Second-year CRIM 108 students/reserve deputy sheriffs must volunteer 120 hours of patrol, per semester. This is required as part of the Directed Policing portion of the program. However, various paid positions are available while the student remains an active reserve. If assigned to a paid position, the reserve deputy will be paid $26.25/hour and is allowed to work overtime as well. Some of these assignments include: 

  • Boating Enforcement Unit (summer season only)
  • Guarding incarcerated persons in hospital facilities
  • Court Security Unit
  • Other specialty assignments, as determined by the needs of the Sheriff's Office 



The CRIM 108 - Directed Policing course fulfills the internship requirement for a Fresno State Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.

Students must be able to commit themselves to the program for at least two (2) years and meet the minimum requirements/qualifications for California Peace Officer certification. 

Students will receive three (3) units of college credit for each semester they successfully complete of the CRIM 108 program (i.e. 2 years = 4 semesters x 3 units each semester = 12 units total). If the student completes all twelve (12) units, nine (9) of those units can be used to satisfy elective requirements. 

TRANSFER STUDENTS: Community College students transfering to Fresno State in the Fall semester are eligible for enrollment into the program. If you are a transfer student transfering to Fresno State this Fall, you should apply for the program immediately

Please feel free to visit the CRIM 108 webpage on the Fresno County Sheriff's Office website for further information and photographs.

I also invite you to view actual student testimonials, submitted anonymously, during the course evaluation process. These students were enrolled in the CRIM 108 course during the Fall 2021 Semester. Student Testimonials



For further information about the program, or to ask questions specific to your situation, please email the course instructor. I am always here to help answer any questions you have. 

Ryan Hushaw, Adjunct Professor