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College V. Experience.

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Posted over 7 years ago

 

I hope to one day be a trooper however I have never been good at school. I am not dumb I just have a hard time understanding in a class type environment. I am more of a hands on learner. My question is when I complete my peace officer and get hired on with an agency that does not require college how will DPS look at my experience V. somebody else's college hours.

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

I'm not sure what the exact answer is to your question, but I do have a suggestion. Many schools now offer online criminal justice programs. That would take you out of the "class room" environment and still allow you to get the degree (associate, bachelors, or even masters). DeVry has a great program CJ program and University of Phoenix has several different options too. You can find out more information for free in the "education & training" section of PoliceLink (they have a short form and can answer questions pertaining to education for you).

Try this link: http://policelink.monster.com/welcome

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

just to add a college option for you try ashworthcollege.com. i have the same problem i find it easier to learn hands on and having the option to do the classes online at my own pace is great.

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago

 

I'm sure like any other agency they have minimum requirements. After you meet those, the agency will have a set of test.......anywhere from multiple choice - verbal - physical (depending on where you go). The agency is going to look at you "Overall" not just your college or experience........besides, I've seen officers with Master Degree's make dumb decisions and High School Diploma (with life experience) make exceptional officers........goodluck to ya....

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GENERALLY: Probation (and Parole) seem to put a premium on education, while Patrol & Custody cater to the "hands-on learners".

Of course, this is overly simplistic, but check with the agency your interested in for minimum qualifications. I'm not familiar with DPS (Department of Police Services? Da Postal Service?), but for promotion or upward movement, your personnel file will be looked upon for the totality of applicable skills (KSA's). Of course each agency has minimum qualifications for promotion opportunities, and these are very agency specific. Research the agency.