Criminal Justice

Do you want to help make your community safer? Do you have the desire to serve your community by working with suspects and/or victims of crime? Do you have the integrity needed to enforce the law fairly? Do you want to help offenders learn how to live in a free society so they won’t return to prison?

The Criminal Justice program at Virginia Western Community College prepares you to become employed as a Police Officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, Jailor, Probation Officer, School Resource Officer, Private Security Officer, Retail Security Specialist, and other criminal justice careers.

Begin your journey today to a career that is diverse, difficult, and carries great personal satisfaction.

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Related Programs

Credit for Prior Learning

Based on the agreement between the Virginia Community College System and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, students who have satisfactorily documented successful completion of the VA State Police Academy or a regional and independent certified training academy may be awarded credit.

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Transfer Agreements

Through system agreements, students who graduate from one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Click here for a list of Virginia Transfer Partners.

In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following articulation and guaranteed admissions agreements specific to the Criminal Justice program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.

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Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 67 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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 Humanities H111
Fax: 540-857-6096

Mailing address:
School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
3082 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Jeff Dodson
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
 Duncan D117

M.S. – Criminal Justice – Saint Leo University
B.S. – Management and Leadership – Bluefield College
A.A.S. – Police Science – Germanna Community College