TRAINING and professional development


Foothill-De Anza Community College District maintains a Police Department staffed with highly trained officers to help protect the safety and ensure security of students, staff, their property, and the property of the District. FHDA Police Officers are committed to standards of professional excellence and are required to meet the selection and training requirements of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.

Foothill-De Anza Community College Police Officers have full peace officer powers anywhere in the State of California, receive the same training and carry the same authority in or near the college campuses as city police officers and county deputy sheriffs. Our Officers have completed a series of tests and education mandated by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training and must maintain annual training to remain certified.

Foothill-De Anza Community College Police Officers offer a wide range of services to the campus community. Services include providing and presenting current crime prevention information, patrolling the college campus and parking lots, proactive crime suppression, investigating all offenses that occur on the campuses, and informing campus users of the occurrence of crimes specified by federal statute.

From time to time, FHDA Police Officers provide mutual aid to other agencies such as the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Los Altos Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and other agencies.

Our Officers have the responsibility of investigating felony and misdemeanor crimes occurring on both the Foothill and De Anza campuses. They work closely with allied agencies to identify suspects and crime trends. They also concentrate on violence against women and sexual assaults that occur on both the campuses as well as being responsible for the Sex Offender Registrant Program and work closely with the Department of Justice and the local District Attorney. Additionally, our officers receive various types of in-service and continuing professional training related to the specific needs of the campus on an ongoing basis.

Courses we provide to Campus Staff, Faculty and Students:

  • RUN - Hide - Defend
  • Emergency Response; ICS 100, ICS 200 and ICS 300

RUN-HIDE-DEFEND Active Assailant Training

"Run, Hide, Defend" training is the curriculum designed and approved by the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs Association and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The training is intended to provide students, faculty and staff information on how to protect themselves and respond to an active assailant event. The training video below is sponsored by the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

For more information on upcoming "Run-Hide-Defend" training sessions presented by the District Police, please contact Joy Garza, FHDAPD Training and Communications Manager at

Police Department Continuing Professional Training and Perishable Skills Training examples:

  • De-escalation training;
  • Basic first aid and CPR skills;
  • Cultural diversity skills;
  • Defensive driving tactics;
  • DUI, fraud, and crime scene investigations;
  • Interviewing, fingerprinting, and photography skills;
  • Narcotics and narcotics user identification;
  • Safe firearm handling techniques;
  • Responding to emotionally-disturbed persons, civil disturbances, and domestic violence situations;

List of Recent Training Courses:


For more information on training we provide and training we receive, please contact Joy Garza, FHDAPD Training and Communications Manager at