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Looking at getting my Master's degree in Criminal Justice

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 Hello everyone, I wanted to get an idea of other officers on here that have continued their education to get their master's degree. I have been debating it and I want to know of how it has benefited anyone here? I am on the fence on whether I want to pursue it and be an instructor or become a police officer even though a bachelor's is only needed. Thanks for all the feedback looking forward to your answers.

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Are you looking to become a ranking officer (LT, Capt, Chief)? Those are the positions that (in most departments, especially the larger ones) that look for a candidate with a masters degree. My suggestion would be to get into a department and get some years of service under your belt before deciding on if you want to pursue a masters degree. I have an associates degree and most times it helps me very little, but then again I work for a small department that serves a small community. Ultimately, its your decision.


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You are putting the wagon before the horse. Don't over think. Make sure you will be appointed then make plans. I assure you even with a degree you are not a shoe in. Believe it or not as chief I found applicants without college make better cops. I passed over applicants with a degree for less educated as I felt they were a better fit.

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i am not clear on your aspirations, do you want to be a cop/police officer/law enforcement professional or a member of a police department administration or do you  want to be a teacher in some law college or private learning institution?

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being a good cop/investigator, (former). i went back and read all your other posts and your profile, i still dont see that you have made up your mind as to what you want to do with your life. I see the early influence of police work when you attended a youth academy? but you also saw the instructors and are experiencing the prof's at your college while attaining your batchelors in criminal justice (good luck with your grad in fall of 2013). I dont see the lust? for the streets and all that it entails, besides teaching, many large departments do hire people with masters degrees to oversee many sections and administrative positions within  their departments without any prior law enforcement experience. Many federal agencies desire candidates with degrees from batchelors on up and may be a  route you may want to consider. Your being from New Jersey, i wonder if you have made any inquiries to the njsp? They are a fine organization, knew a few personally, with lots of opportunities in varied fields. I think you have to really do some soul searching and decide where ya wanna go, make sure, then go for it with all ya got. Especially if you choose law enforcement as your career, worrying about shifts and how much time you'll have with friends and family will become less important as you work your way thru the academy and learn the honor and traditions of law enforcement. The streets are not for everyone, but those who do choose our profession find it for the most part thrilling, fullfilling, and a life long passion which never leaves you  even after retirement, if you should live so long. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE, and please keep in touch and let us know how things are going.

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In the words of Harry Callahan "Just don't let your degree get you killed."


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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