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Posted over 7 years ago

 

How much does an associates degree in criminal justice help you get into law enforcement

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I dunno. I only graduated HS. I'm happy with my pay. Been on 3 years and $55K... plus all the OT i can handle. :D


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In Minnesota its the minumum education standard needed.


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It helps a lot more than if you didn't have it I guess... Just think of it as you having more options on where to apply by having it. The more education, police and/or military experience you have the more options you have. It also helps with promotions - that's just one more bullet you have that someone doesn't...

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Many departments are moving towards requiring an Associates, in some cities here in Michigan, you are required to have a Bachelor's as a minimum.

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Good point TejasTrex.. Starting pay here is 42,500 base with HS diploma. Having a degree I get extra incentive pay...Can't sneeze at the take home car either :) To answer you question every state is different where I am originally from in NY it was 60 credits or 30 credits with 2 years military experience. i have plenty of miliatry experince but little college at the time. So I moved south and landed a great paying job with car, now I have my college and making more money.. All in all its a gimmick some agencies use to weed out less qulafied people, they figure if you show a dedication by going to school and doing bookwork, you can handle the workload at an academy. But its not always the case, I feel some people that have a degree in everything are the dumbest to work with, they have book sense but no street sense, which is what you really need.

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Thank you all for your input.