Interested in becoming a police officer, crime scene investigator, or forensic lab technician?

From Basic Law Enforcement (BLET) training to associate degrees in criminal justice technology, JCC offers many educational pathways for students interested in careers in law enforcement.

“You come to JCC having absolutely no law enforcement experience; however, you leave a certified law enforcement officer in as little as 17 weeks,” said Chris Cole, a current BLET student.

BLET is a physically and mentally demanding program that combines classroom instruction, practical skills training, running, and weight training.

The academy is a full-time day academy. Classes normally run from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended night training in firearms, patrol techniques, and driver training. Students must be 20 years old and have a high school diploma.

Kevin Driver, director of BLET at JCC, said the program has a good job placement rate and is seeing more interest from females and Spanish students.

“Our students are getting hired immediately after graduation,” said Kevin Driver, director of BLET at JCC. “We bring in recruiters from different agencies during the academy to help students find employment. “A lot of local agencies have vacancies and desperately need good recruits.”

JCC also offers two associate degrees – criminal justice technology and criminal justice forensic science – for students who want to gain a broad knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Coursework focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. For the latent evidence concentration, students learn about latent evidence systems and operations and evidence processing and procedures.

The criminal justice program at JCC is popular. Currently, about 150 students are enrolled in the two degree programs. Students can earn the criminal justice technology degree all online.

Cindy Sullivan, criminal justice forensic science instructor, said many students earn both degrees to give them knowledge in both fields.

“We have a lot of students who do the double major,” Sullivan said. “This makes them more marketable for the jobs they can do and gives them more hands-on experience.”

Sullivan said students also learn by taking field trips, like to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy viewing, Central Prison, The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) and Washington, D.C. to see the White House, Capital and landmarks.

“We have judges, sheriff’s deputies, probation and parole officers come in and speak to our students,” she said. “We do this to get them engaged and connected in the community and to environments where they may be working after graduation.” 

For more information about BLET at JCC, contact Kevin Driver at (919) 464-2352 or
kndriver@johnstoncc.edu. For more information about criminal justice programs, contact Cindy Sullivan at (919) 464-2361 or cmsullivan@johnstoncc.edu.