Criminal Justice

William Smith

William Smith

CRJ Instructor

(760) 921-5542

William has served as the Vice President of Instructional Services at Palo Verde College since 2003. He began his career in education in 1986 as an adjunct instructor teaching Psychology courses at Palo Verde College. He became a full-time instructor at PVC in 1997 teaching Criminal Justice. William received his Masters in Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at United States International University, San Diego. He graduated from Palo Verde College in 1982 with an Associate in Arts Degree in Police Science. While an instructor, William was active in the California Teachers Association and Academic Senate and held various offices in both, including Vice President of Academic Senate as well as Grievance Chair and President of the California Teachers Association. Prior to becoming an educator, William was a peace officer for both Imperial County Sheriff Department and the Riverside County Sheriff Department. During his career in law enforcement he was a Narcotics and Homicide Investigator, a Court Expert Witness in Narcotics and a Hostage Negotiator.

Students who are interested in pursuing an associate degree or a vocational certificate in Criminal Justice field at Palo Verde College may click the below links to see the required course for each program of study.