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12-24-07, 12:32 AM #1The Reason People Hate Cops & Causer of WarVerified LEO
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Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice Degrees
Instead of sidetracking the thread regarding whether or not people's degrees are related to their jobs, I'll start a new thread.
One post mentioned that lots of cops have ADJ/CJ degrees of one sort or another. And I know many of us would discourage someone from seeking an ADJ/CJ degree, as a loose rule. After all, the academy and FTO will provide all the education in the cop stuff you need... and it's a degree that doesn't have a lot of practical application outside police work. But you never know when a degree in something else will be useful, like a business degree or accounting degree setting up a good background for investigating financial crimes.
I generally suggest that people study something that interests them, whatever their end goal is, so that they get decent grades because they're actually interested, instead of studying something "to get a job." (I know one person who didn't discover till he did a senior-year internship with a PD that HE DIDN'T like law enforcement, and definitely didn't want to be a cop!)
What do you think? Is a CJ/ADJ degree good? Bad? Or does it just depend?
12-24-07, 10:58 AM #2
Without knowing anything about college I was inclined to seek a CJ degree. Never made it. However, after talking to plenty of cops over the years it was always a business degree of some kind that popped up.
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12-24-07, 11:04 AM #3
I got my BSCJ. I learned alot of things and made some great contacts in the field. However, since most departments requiring a degree don't care what it's in, hindsight says I should have gotten something else. You can't really use a CJ degree in many other fields outside of CJ.
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