Law enforcement is one of the largest areas of employment in the public sector. There is a great deal of truth in the statement by police officers that "our business is crime - and our business is always good." The number of career opportunities in the field of law enforcement has been steadily rising in recent years and will continue to rise in Virginia and throughout the nation. Significant opportunities also exist in the private sector for trained law enforcement officers with public sector experience.
The Administration of Justice program at New River Community College provides students with the educational credentials necessary to enter police work and also serves those officers who wish to upgrade their education for career development and promotion. Additionally, the majority of course work completed to meet the requirements for either of the two different associate of applied science degree options, majors in Police Science and Forensic Science, may be applied to bachelor's degree programs at four year colleges and universities.