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    I took 3 years off/on of Community College but never finished, so I have NO degree at all, am I the norm or the exception?
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    Imo you're normal......

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    • #3
      It probably depends on what dept you are looking at, and how long officers have been on that dept. You may find that the old timers don't have a degree while a lot of officers hired within the last five years do. Most of our recent hires have degrees. Several local departments don't hire officers who don't have a four year degree.

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      • #4
        MOST of the agencies in my area are hiring only people with some type of degree.............but there are exceptions.
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        • #5
          I'm 24, with no degree. Been with my PD for three years. Most people being hired have at least an Associates and many have their Bachelors. But yea, a lot of the old timers don't have a degree and having a high school diploma is still the minimum requirement here.

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          • #6
            I've had a BA since 2006. Never really used it in regards to what it's for (my major) and I'm not sure if it got me hired but it helps if/when that's the minimum requirement.

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            • #7
              It does not take an associates, Bachelors or Masters degree to do this job. What you need to survive and win is called STREET SMARTS AND COMMON SENSE that is all.

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              • #8
                I agree. I've been a cop for 8yrs.
                The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed.

                I Am the Sheepdog.


                "And maybe just remind the few, if ill of us they speak,
                that we are all that stands between
                the monsters and the weak." - Michael Marks


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                • #9
                  We're about 50%, but as per NJ civil service laws ( not all departments are civil service) our department can't require a degree. Currently, we are paid $1050 a semester. several of us are currently finishing our bachelors or masters.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Copper86 View Post
                    It does not take an associates, Bachelors or Masters degree to do this job. What you need to survive and win is called STREET SMARTS AND COMMON SENSE that is all.

                    What you need to do the job and what you need to get hired are not necessarily the same thing.

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                    • #11
                      It depends on the area of the country and the department. I started out my career with San Diego PD, I'd say 70% of the department has a bachelors degree.

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                      • #12
                        youre probably the norm...degrees arent needed to do the job, but can be to advance in the job.
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                        • #13
                          You can do this job without a degree *and* do it well. However, if you pay attention in college, a college education will certainly teach most cops things to make them even better at the job.

                          Aside from that, a degree will definitely help you with career advancement and hiring.
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                          • #14
                            Around here you'd be the exception. Almost everyone we hire has a 4-year degree. A scant few have an A.A., but they generally have something else going for them, like military service.
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                            • #15
                              I don't have one, but I still plan to pursue getting it. I applied (and was hired) at my department with military experience.

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