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    Since talking to some of you Ive decided to not go for a degree in CJ.Some folks Ive talked to suggested getting a degree in something more general. My question for you folks is this. In what fields would you recommend? Im really into computers. In all honesty I really want to be on the road. I want to advance within the department. Alot of people tell me .. oh the computers .. that will help in fighting computer crimes.. but in all honesty I dont mind staying in my home town of roughly 40,000 or working for the county of 80,000. Anywho .. What other generalized degrees would help me. I was going to do a computer science/ web design but got told that could hurt me. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Psychology, business admin., anything dealing with gov't planning or mgmt will help your advancement. If you're going to stay in a small town, computer classes are beneficial but I doubt your agency is going to implement a computer crime squad soon, so why focus on that? If advancement is your main concern, stick to mgmt. classes.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hemicop
      If advancement is your main concern, stick to mgmt. classes.
      yup yup, excellent advice.

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      • #4
        A business or public admin degree would be the way to go, especially if you want to advance. Administrators of the police departments around here have always told me that running a police department is a lot like running a business with budgets and labor contracts, etc. If I go back to school, I'll switch to a business or accounting major.

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        • #5
          I hear the talk that a Crim. Justice degree isn't recommended over something like a business administration degree or whatever. The thing is, I'm really only interested in majoring in that. If I'm gonna spend 4 years dedicated to a certain trade if you will, I want it to be something I actually give two hoots about. Does that make sense?

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          • #6
            The advice that I always got was to major in what interests you most. From my limited experiences thus far in the hiring process, it seems having the degree/credits is the most important factor as far as education. Just do what will keep you motivated to finish your education and do your best, that is what I followed at least. Good luck!

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            • #7
              Well I did talk to the sheriff yesterday and he did end up telling me if I did my computer science/web site development that it could hurt me. So looks like a general business degree for me , which isnt exactly what I want but Ive always been good with managment so .. I think ill be ok

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