Officers with High School Diplomas vs. Officers with College Degrees.

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High school and college are tremendously vital for preparing people for the real world. High school prepares students for college or the workforce. College expands ones general knowledge and skills, such as the ability to express ones opinion orally and written. Post secondary education also increases the understanding of the community and society. CollegeBoard says that more and more employers want employees who have education beyond high school. College graduates have more jobs to choose from than people with high school diplomas. The United States Census Bureau reports that workers with a college degree earn double the salary of what a person with a high school diploma makes. Education is becoming more critical than ever, and people …show more content…
The Police Chief magazine also says that officers who have college degrees use less sick time than officers with only high school diplomas. Police officers with advanced degrees have more promotion opportunities for instance; an officer that wants a position higher than sergeant must have a bachelor’s degree to be a lieutenant or captain. In bigger departments, consideration for promotion to captain or lieutenant is given to officers with masters degrees; consequently, officers without a master’s degree have to stay in lower ranks ("Studies, Case Law, Quotes, Standards and Trends in Support of a College Education for Police Officers."). Lakewood, Colorado was one of the first police departments to require a bachelor’s degree and; as a result, more than 60 Lakewood police officers have become police chiefs ("Studies, Case Law, Quotes, Standards and Trends in Support of a College Education for Police Officers."). The Police Chief magazine says the professions of nursing and health, teaching and education, social work and psychology have a basic entry-level requirement of varied college degrees in the social services field, and as such, are recognized as professions. Policing does not have this; therefore, the profession loses its credibility ("Studies, Case Law, Quotes, Standards and Trends in Support of a College Education for Police Officers."). Modern policing requires a basic skill called “critical thinking”.

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