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Criminal Justice Colleges in Rhode Island

Perhaps you already know that Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline and 20 percent of the historic landmarks in the United States, as well as culture-packed cities and endless activities. But Rhode Island is more than a place to hang out and relax; it's also an excellent place to earn your degree, especially in criminal justice. Those attending criminal justice colleges in Rhode Island are probably aware of the state's dedication to security. The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University's 2010 State Competitiveness Report confirmed this by naming Rhode Island number two in the nation for security. But this does not mean there's no crime in Rhode Island. According to the FBI, in 2009 the highest-occurring crimes in Rhode Island (per 100,000 people) were:

  • Property crime: 2,610.8
  • Larceny/theft: 1,837.7
  • Burglary: 545.9

Law Enforcement and Police Jobs in Rhode Island

In-demand law enforcement jobs in Rhode Island include police officers, detectives, and parole officers. There are about six criminal justice colleges in Rhode Island to choose from; if you don't live near one of these, online criminal justice schools in Rhode Island can train you well. Those with law enforcement jobs in Rhode Island earned a 2009 mean salary of $44,300, higher than the national mean of $41,740, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2009 there were 10,720 protective service employees, equaling 1 per 98.2 people, compared with 1 per 96.8 nationally. 2009 crime rates (per 100,000 people) in Rhode Island included:

  • Murder/manslaughter: 2.9 (national average = 5)
  • Robbery: 74.6 (national average = 133)
  • Burglary: 545.9 (national average = 716.3)
  • Motor vehicle theft: 227.2 (national average = 258.8)

In all categories of crime, Rhode Island's rates were lower than the national average. The highest crime areas in Rhode Island occur in Providence/East Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, and Newport.

Criminal Justice Schools in Rhode Island

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