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Posted over 1 year ago

 

The other day I was speaking to a woman who used to work for my local sheriffs office, She told me two things.


1) Try to find another Career


2) Don't major iin Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement thinking it helps alot.


I'm wondering do academies or possible hiring departments focus on the subject of your degree?

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If you haven't done so, post an introduction about yourself. You'll get more responses on your inquiry. There are plenty of threads about this subject. Just do a little search and you will see. 


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The lady who advised you to more or less forget about a Criminal Justice Degree is absolutely correct.When I came on the job there were only six of us with a bachelors in C.J.By the time I retired approx.90% of the officers on our 600 plus dept had them.In essence there is way more supply than demand.If you are contemplating a federal law enforcement position I would strongly urge Psychology,Computor science,business, journalism or law.These degrees are also well received in the local county and state fields as well.You may wish to eventually consider a Masters in Public Administration as many of the major police depts will not promote you above the rank of Capt. without this degree.

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Not sure what your colleague was suggesting by 'finding another career'. You'll have to expand on that one.


As far as an AJ or other CJ undergraduate degree, holding one will not put you at a disadvantage. Even if there are a bunch of them out there, it still is a degree. And, for info, it will need to be an 'accredited' degree from an accredited source. As suggested by ssu459, consider project toward an MA in Public Admin or Organizational Leadership.


The struggle is this: Get the criminal justice degree (in whatever discipline) or another degree.


Here's my observation. Most departments do no care what BA or BS you hold. It could be in Computer Science, Literature or whatever. However, as you might hope to promote, a more specific post graduate degree will put you in a position of competition with other promotional candidates. You would need to seek out what is most desirable in your department.


Next, consider this: In any law enforcement career, it can all come crashing down in a day. Stuff can happen out of your control and all of a sudden you cannot work as a cop anymore. What to do? Wellll, already having an under graduate degree in your interest field would be an excellent fall back plan. A degree in something other than criminal justice that your can build another career around might be the way to launch a second career, ... just in case.


Come on back and talk with us. Many of us can offer excellent advice that might benefit your situation.


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 Thank you for the help, non-law enforcement people always laugh when I say I'm a business major, then ask what I want to do and I reply be a police officer.  Most of the people who ask business major, how will knowing stocks help you be a cop, don't understand most of what you learn as a cop comes in the field (from what I'm told by current and former LEOs). Also to TheSarge, she lost her job after being slammed into by a pick-up fleeing a home invasion and is now unable to walk without a cane, she was making the point you will need something to fall-back on. 

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A degree in anything is acceptable.

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Most of the departments in my area require you to have 70 college credit hours.  It does not require a degree or college credit in any particular field.  For an Associates degree to takes 60 credit hours.


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