Western College of Criminology
Alumni Association

Torrance, California, U.S.A.


Col. Andrew T. ADAM v. RHEDEY, MOD SEAG 
President of the WCC Alumni Association
I can remember the time when several California law enforcement executives, state legislators, professional investigators and police educators began discussions to increase professional standards for California professional investigators. These discussions eventually coined out the new standards  requirements and established the Western College of Criminology in Torrance, CA.

A large number of newcomers, and even more well experienced professional investigators  welcomed this unique opportunity and became part of WCC. Many Investigators from CID, NCIS, various State and City Special Investigation Units, well know U.S. professional and private investigators, etc. eventually graduated from WCC. 

Before the College closed its doors we all became aware of the fact that this school, long before various U.S. colleges and universities introduced their own Criminal Justice degree programs, became a evolutionary part of the American criminal justice education system. 

During my entire life I continue to study the law and investigative sciences. However, I never regret my time invested studying at Western College of Criminology. 

If you like to share your WCC experience and life achievements, please contact the WCC Alumni Association. 

Jim Magdaleno, CFE, CPS 
President of CPIT

Jim has been in the corporate security, loss prevention and law enforcement fields for twenty-eight years. He graduated from the Northern California Criminal Justice Center, Santa Rosa. He also graduated from Western College of Criminology, Torrance, CA; Executive Security International, Aspen, CO; and has received his California Teaching Credential from UC Berkeley.  Jim has completed course work at numerous professional training institutes including: polygraph examiners training, background investigations at NCCJTC, the Reid Interview and Interrogation training Center, Chicago, IL, and unconventional warfare studies at the Ranger Outreach Center, Pecos, NM.  Jim has been invited to instruct and lecture at the NCCJTC and has returned to the Ranger Outreach Center on numerous occasions to assist with research and development of small unit police tactics and equipment and has co-instructed and lectured to students from around the world. Jim has held positions as a security director for a property management company, polygraph examiner and investigator for a large west coast retailer, and as a police officer and background investigator for an East Bay municipality.

Jim spent twelve years as a Corporate Security Investigator for one of the world's largest petroleum companies, handling a wide variety of investigations including external crime activity affecting his company, as well as all manner of internal white collar crime, executive protection, risk assessments, attorney work product, security education of employees and management, and security investigations and assessments for multi-national locations. 

Jim is a long time member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLETS); Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner & Certified Protection Specialist.  Jim is the author of  "The Protection Agent in the Corporate World", currently in use as a text book at a prominent executive protection training school.  Jim is also a California Licensed Private Investigator, #24254 and he is an active member in California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI).


Western College of Criminology Torrance, California, U.S.A.

Once a part of our history

In Memory of

Jim Magdaleno



Celebration of Jim's Life

Memorial Service

January 3, 2009

Jim is survived by his Mother Juanita Magdaleno; his Sister Kathy & Husband Scott Hover, Nephews Frank and Richard; his Daughter Lisa and Grandson Dominic Chilton (5 yrs old); his Domestic Partner Maria Dominguez and her two children Malena & Andre's and last but certainly NOT least Jim's two best friends Mike von Millanich and Kenny Bays, and his other family - Brothers at the San Pablo Police Department.

Jim is also survived by his PI School family, Pat Lasola, Tammy Davidson, Marci Grant, Gina Rognlien and so many others.


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