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Posted over 1 year ago

 

Hello one and all, I have been absent form here for quite some time.


I am hoping for advice, thoughts and ideas form all of you.


I am in school again this will be my second degree, I have an associates in Criminal Justice and now I will have one in Paralegal studies.


My question is with the two degrees, would I be valuable to a police department? I would love to work in one doing filing, typing or research.


Any other departments I could possibly consider?


Thank you for reading this and I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

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A degree will help you get a job. My opinion is one bachelor's degree will carry more weight than two associate's degrees. You may consider applying credits from your associate's toward a bachelor's. With degrees in criminal justice and as a paralegal, you would have good luck working for a law office.

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I also had the same degrees in an associates. I soon found out they were about as worthless as lips on a chicken. I received a BS Degree in Public Administration. Yes, work toward an advance degree.

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Oh I plan on getting advanced degrees, I just want to start looking at possible careers.


 

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Two associates do not carry the kind of weight as one undergraduate degree.


You can work toward a some type of BS in the law enforcement field. Administration of Justice and Criminal Justice are popular. Within the Criminal Justice undergraduate degree, there are concentrations in Law, Crime Scene Investigation, Law, Human Services, etc. You'll have to discover an accredited institution that offers something that interests you. If you decide narrow your undergraduate degree somewhere in law enforcement, you might,however, be limiting your future opportunities.


What I mean is this: True, it is good to have a degree on board when you launch a LEO career. But here is the balancing act. If you become unable to continue a career as a cop or deputy, what do you have in your resume backup plan? A cop's career can effectively end in one day.


Most law enforcement agencies do not care what type of degree you have. All a degree demonstrates (generally) is that you are a little older thus supposedly more mature, that your educational learning skills are a little more advanced and that you have some initiative.


If you want to climb the corporate LEO ladder and someday hope to compete for that Lieutenant, Captain, Chief/Sheriff slot, then all your education needs to be concentrated in some type of criminial justice discipline. Leadership degrees are also good.


BUT, if you cannot foretell the future, you might consider having a degree that can easily be applicable in the civilian workplace. 


These are totally personal choices that you make to build on a steady working career.


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WOW Thesarge thank you...but I can not become LEO due to a devastating knee injury, this is why I went back to school again for my paralegal degree. I am greatful for the helpful advice.


I will consider what school to attend later on once I get into the work force.