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    Hello,
    I'm currently 18 (graduated from high school in June) and I plan on either going through the CC- University transfer route, or attend a small private accredited university, by the spring semester or next fall. Right now I have a math exit exam that I have to pass, and it is a subject I really struggle with, but I try to study for atleast 60 minutes a day.

    I plan on acquiring a B.S. in Informations Systems and I was wondering if any law enforcement agencies will take that as valuable. I'm not really in decent shape at the moment (5'10.5-6'0 and about a 140 Ibs). Thank You and I'm looking forward for advice.

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    Originally posted by morgen916 View Post
    Hello,
    I'm currently 18 (graduated from high school in June) and I plan on either going through the CC- University transfer route, or attend a small private accredited university, by the spring semester or next fall. Right now I have a math exit exam that I have to pass, and it is a subject I really struggle with, but I try to study for atleast 60 minutes a day.

    I plan on acquiring a B.S. in Informations Systems and I was wondering if any law enforcement agencies will take that as valuable. I'm not really in decent shape at the moment (5'10.5-6'0 and about a 140 Ibs). Thank You and I'm looking forward for advice.
    Most places could really care less -----------------however SOME MIGHT.

    Read the job advertizements/postings-------------the posting might state
    * 4 yr degree required===================OR
    * 4 yr degree in XXXXXXXXX field requred

    I have seen both
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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    • #3
      I don't think it usually matters what your degree is in, as long as it is from an accredited university. For some agencies like federal, they like certain types of degrees.

      As for the physical conditioning, get on it now. It doesn't get any easier as you get older.
      I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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      • #4
        I do not think it's going to be an English degree.

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        • #5
          Nobody cares what your degree is in.

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          • #6
            Does any L.E. agencies care about what kind of degree you get

            The Minnesota POST Board cares IF you decide to apply here.

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            • #7
              Get the degree you want, but add Spanish & accounting classes.
              "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
              John Stuart Mill

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
                Most places could really care less -----------------however SOME MIGHT.

                Read the job advertizements/postings-------------the posting might state
                * 4 yr degree required===================OR
                * 4 yr degree in XXXXXXXXX field requred

                I have seen both
                As noted above- some only require a 4-year degree while others want a specific or preferred program of study. The only caveat is that beyond ensuring it is from an accredit tided school; some schools do suffer a reputation problem based on nothing but perception. Right or wrong, it’s a fact that some folks have an opinion of online schools or those with something as inane as a football rivalry.

                Do your homework and find out what the departments you are looking at are looking for.
                Originally posted by SSD
                It has long been the tradition on this forum and as well as professionally not to second guess or Monday morning QB the officer's who were actually on-scene and had to make the decision. That being said, I don't think that your discussion will go very far on this board.
                Originally posted by Iowa #1603
                And now you are arguing about not arguing..................

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                • #9
                  Be sure to find out who your small private university is accredited by.

                  Unless they are accredited by an agency approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or both, your degree may be worthless in the eyes of most government agencies.

                  Many private colleges have formed their own accreditation agencies with impressive sounding names to create credibility in the eyes of students, but which are not CHEA or USDE approved. Then, when graduates try to get a job with a degree from those establishments they are laughed out the door.

                  Make sure you college has legit accreditation from one of the organizations on this list

                  http://www.chea.org/pdf/CHEA_USDE_AllAccred.pdf
                  Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                  • #10
                    As a few have stated...it all depends on the agency. Mine does not. I have a BA in CJ and my partner has his BS in Engineering.

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                    • #11
                      As my colleagues have said, they want you to have a degree, and very, very few agencies care what the degree is in. I have a history degree.

                      Quite frankly, I think your degree choice is great. If you enter this career field with some advanced computer knowledge, you might leverage that skill and end up working in computer-related investigations (internet child porn, etc.).

                      On the other hand, if you end up hating this career field and pursuing another one, there are a LOT of high-paying jobs in the IT field, especially if you can get a government security clearance. This is why the Boy Scouts are pushing kids to earn merit badges and other awards in "STEM" -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

                      Regarding your physical fitness, I wouldn't worry. Being 6' and 140 pounds means you are certainly NOT overweight, which is the biggest problem we tend to see with recruits. You don't have to be a knuckle-dragging bruiser to do this job. We want intelligent, educated, reasonably fit people for this job. It wouldn't hurt to start a physical fitness program now because there will be a fitness test during your application process, and you'll want to remain healthy throughout your career (do NOT get into the habit of hitting the drive through in your cruiser!).

                      I have a colleague who is 5' 0" and weighs 90 pounds. She is so tiny she literally can't fit everything on her duty belt that is required by policy, so she's violating policy every day she reports for duty. You know what? She's a darn good cop, and when the chips are down she'll beat the crap out of most men.
                      Last edited by mac266; 12-06-2013, 09:37 AM.
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