Earning a masters degreeor any degree for that matterhelps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in yourfield. As the workforce

Earning a master’s degree
or any degree for that matter,
helps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in your
field. As the workforce evolves, a graduate degree shows you’re dedicated to enhancing your industry expertise and credibility
(Shulsinger, 2017).

When a person decides to continue onto higher education after high school, they are opening doors unable to obtain without the proof of
dedication and determination. The different levels of education allow a person to obtain different levels of success.
The largest difference in separation comes between a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
A large percentage of
those who have obtained a
bachelor’s
degree
do not continue
their
quest for
a
master’s degree leaving them out of
contention
for senior
positions.

We know to be a law enforcement officer, for the most part, you only need to complete a basic police academy, whether it be for a certified
position, corrections division, or in the probation field.
But, to accomplish and fully understand your field of study, the advancement of higher education is a must.
Obtaining higher education will not only help you advance quicker than those that do not have a degree, but it will also enable to you become more efficient in your practice.

One potential benefit is the understanding beyond common knowledge
regarding mental health, child
protection, domestic violence, and working
with
juveniles
(Dominey, 2010).
Additionally, to be
more
effective in community policing,
requires skills officers acquire through higher
education
such as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective oral and written communication, and understanding group and community dynamics.

Does higher education
contribute to the qualification training of police officers and
probation officers?
I say
unequivocally
yes.
Since the first criminology program for police officers was founded in 1916 at
the University of California at Berkeley in the United States, experts have debated whether baccalaureate degrees in criminology/criminal justice programs are necessary for individuals to become police officers, correctional officers, or probation/parole officers (Schanz, 2013).
As I stated earlier, to become a law enforcement officer you do not have to obtain higher education. Although, if you
wish
to excel and advance in
the field of criminal justice, you will need more than high school
education.
Studies have proven that
officers
currently working in the criminal justice field
have realized
the importance of
higher education.
It’s no secret that people who have graduate school degrees are generally paid more money than those who
don’t (Premuzic, 2020).
In my career,
I finally realized
without the accomplishment of higher learning I was
destined
to continue down a
meaningless
road
with my
only rewards
being the infrequent raise.
I believe many are worried
about
the huge debt that is associated with higher education and the
fear
they won’t find a better job to
help
pay their
school loans. I have always believed the philosophy of you have to give up something to gain something. That applies to
education as well. The quest for higher learning
limits
your
free time, it
limits time with
your
family and
creates additional stress. But by giving up these things for a short time will reveal itself by the gains received from the
accomplishment
of a degree.

 

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