Should Police Officers be required to have at least a 4 year college degree?

When I look and see how many elementary mistakes made by police officers, and the level of training the average officer is receiving I get a little concerned. They have the highest degree of latitude within the criminal justice system, but have the lowest education requirements. Many states now require a 2 year degree and a few larger cities are now requiring a 4 year degree. Do you think that all law enforcement officer should have a 4 year degree? What courses do you think should be an absolute necessity to their degree?

Asked By: seamy - 2/1/2011
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Having a degree doesn't necessarily give someone common sense and compassion, I'm afraid, no matter what field they are in. Four years of school would help in that more maturity and life experience would be developed, as so many new cops are very young, but I can't see as how a 4 yr. degree would necessarily make a... More
Answered By: Catharine Oaxaca - 2/2/2011
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Some don't even require a degree it is credits. I agree with police officers making minor mistakes but it is a lot of work and not everyone is the same. I somtimes wonder how anyone can become a police officer because they seem so 'dumb'..But in order to even qualify to be looked at, for new york city this is, you have... More
Answered By: cullar - 2/1/2011
I have a four year degree AND an M.A. I see no value in them towards law enforcement. (Actually, I have trouble see much value at all in them, but that's another question.) What law enforcement must learn, is largely learned on the job. Later classroom instruction is largely conducted by the agency they work for... More
Answered By: guenndu - 2/1/2011
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