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Peralta News – Law Enforcement Pre-Academy at Merritt College

5 October 2015


Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was one of the many special guest speakers at the press conference held on September 4 to announce the Administration of Justice’s (AJ) new Law Enforcement Pre-Academy starting fall 2015.

This 13-week series of courses is the brainchild of Margaret Dixon, head of the AJ Program, who is thrilled to see it finally happen and excited to have former OPD Police Chief Howard Jordan coordinating it and OPD and Sheriff’s Department personnel teaching in it. “This is a rare chance for potential police officers to get up to speed on the physical aspects and knowledge necessary to be successful in a police academy,” she says. “Our instructors offer decades of experience in the field to pass on to the students.”

For the full press conference coverage, click here.

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Administration of Justice Partnership Between Peralta Community College District and City of Oakland

27 May 2014

OPD Signing No. 7 copy

At a time when the City of Oakland is actively recruiting new police officers and Merritt College is helping Administration of Justice students find career opportunities, a mutually beneficial agreement was recently signed at City Hall by Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent and the Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz (pictured with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan).

As part of this academic affiliation, Merritt College will provide an accredited curriculum for the Oakland Police Academy. The program will provide the students with direct interaction and hands-on experience with City police officers. The optimum result will potentially be more than 50 well-trained candidates to meet the public safety needs of the City of Oakland.

“We want to make sure that what we provide at the college is what employers see as relevant in the workplace,” says Dr. Elmer Bugg, Merritt’s Vice President of Instruction. “This partnership allows for us to forge a marriage between academic preparation and career application. It’s a win-win all around.”

As a bonus, adds Dr. Bugg, the academy students will gain college-level credit for the work they do and could go on to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree once they graduate from the Academy.

Mayor Jean Quan, who also participated in the signing, hopes that the program will bring more recruits who are Oakland residents and have a vested interest in the city and knowledge of the city’s culture.

“Our last class had only 16 percent of Oakland residents, and I’d like to get up to 50 percent,” says Quan. “Programs like these give us a steady flow of young people who are interested in the police department.”

Margaret Dixon, director of Merritt’s Administration of Jusice program and a retired Oakland police officer, wants the training to provide the students with the total experience of the profession. “It’s more than just passing a test,” says Dixon. “We want to support the students once they get into the academy, and we want them to truly understand what they are getting into.”

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Peralta Matters – Student Safety

29 April 2013

This month’s episode of Peralta Matters is focused on safety. First up, Margaret Dixon, Legal Administration Department Chair at Merritt College, describes the programs that prepare students for jobs in the Public Safety sector. Next up is Peralta’s Director of Risk Management, details his work to keep our campuses safe for our students and staff. And finally, Alameda County Sheriff Chris Shepard describes the work of the Sheriffs throughout the District.

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Margaret Dixon of Merritt College Receives the Jefferson Award

7 February 2012. 0 comments

Kudos to our own Margaret Dixon, a Merritt College instructor in our Criminal Justice Program, who has won the Jefferson Award. The Jefferson Award is a community service award given by Channel 5, CBS. Margaret will be featured during the Channel 5, 6:00 p.m. news tomorrow, February 8, and the 12:00 p.m. news on February 9. Margaret, you make us proud. Thanks for all you do for our students and Merritt College.

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‪Peralta News – Administration of Justice at Merritt College‬

15 October 2011. 1 comment

Your career in Public Safety begins at Merritt College. Since 1962 the Peralta Colleges have been offering courses that provide students with the education, skill, and training to enable them to become effective and help achieve career goals.

Peralta News caught up with Merritt College instructor Margaret Dixon to get an inside peek at the Administration of Justice Department at Merritt College.

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