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Frequently Asked Questions

1. The most commonly asked question is, “What can you do with a two year degree in Criminal Justice?”

Career opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation and parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist. Listed below are some links to a variety of career options available in the field of criminal justice.

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2. Do I need Associates in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice to become a police officer?
No, but it would greatly enhance your opportunities to enter the law enforcement profession. Robeson Community College currently offers the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program and it is required of all students who wish to become a police officer. Many law enforcement agencies now require an Associates Degree and many also offer salary bonuses for individuals who have an Associates degree. Students must be at least 20 years old to enroll in BLET so we encourage younger students to complete their Associates degree and then enroll in Basic Law Enforcement Training once they have reached the age of 20. Please visit our BLET website for more information.

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3. Do any Criminal Justice courses transfer to four-year institutions?
Yes, Robeson Community College has established articulation agreements with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Fayetteville State University and the University of Minnesota at Crookston. Also, the North Carolina Community College System has an articulation agreement with the University of North Carolina system for accepting identified courses in Criminal Justice Technology. Please visit our Resources site for more information.

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4. What salary can I expect as an entry level worker in a Criminal Justice position?

Salaries vary among the various Criminal Justice careers. Generally entry level salaries in criminal justice range from $26,444 to approximately $38,000. Please visit the Careers site for more information regarding criminal justice salaries.

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