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Upcoming monthly law enforcement info sessions can help students apply. Criminal justice students can also take advantage of the CJ Fellows program, offering a no-cost option for an associate's degree.

Starting a career in criminal justice or law enforcement

Beaufort County Community College offers several paths into the law enforcement field. Our Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is a two-semester evening program that gives students the basic state-mandated training to work in an entry-level law enforcement position. Upcoming monthly information and application sessions can help students find answers and sign up for the evening Fall 2021 program. BCCC's four-semester Criminal Justice Technology associate degree program provides knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations, with a focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. These two programs can be take in conjunction with each other. The Criminal Justice (CJ) Fellows program offers a no-cost option for students to earn their associate degree in exchange for working in probation, corrections or law enforcement in a qualifying county. Applications for the fellowship are due on May 31.

BLET is required for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. General subjects include criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcohol beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations. Students must successfully complete and pass all units of study mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Commission to receive a certificate. Students can contact Larry Barnes at 252-940-6228.

Students will have a chance to get application packets and ask questions at upcoming information sessions about the next BLET evening academy in Building 10, Room 1032 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates:-

  • April 19
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • July 14

The CJ Fellows program offers forgivable loans covering tuition, fees and textbooks to students who work toward an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology. In exchange, students commit to working in law enforcement or corrections for four years after graduation in an eligible county including Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington, as well as other rural counties across the state. This could be a police department, sheriff’s department or state prison, including Hyde Correctional Institute, Tyrrell Prison Work Farm, Pamlico Correctional Institute or Bertie Correctional Institute. Fellows are also given priority seating in a training academy.

Students who are interested in the CJ Fellows program should apply with the N.C. Department of Justice, or contact BCCC’s Crystal Watts at 252-940-6268.