Earning a master’s degreeor any degree for that matter,helps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in yourfield. 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 ofdedication 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 ofthose who have obtained abachelor’sdegreedo not continuetheirquest foramaster’s degree leaving them out ofcontentionfor seniorpositions.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 certifiedposition, 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 knowledgeregarding mental health, childprotection, domestic violence, and workingwithjuveniles(Dominey, 2010).Additionally, to bemoreeffective in community policing,requires skills officers acquire through highereducationsuch as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective oral and written communication, and understanding group and community dynamics.Does higher educationcontribute to the qualification training of police officers andprobation officers?I sayunequivocallyyes.Since the first criminology program for police officers was founded in 1916 atthe 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 youwishto excel and advance inthe field of criminal justice, you will need more than high schooleducation.Studies have proven thatofficerscurrently working in the criminal justice fieldhave realizedthe importance ofhigher education.It’s no secret that people who have graduate school degrees are generally paid more money than those whodon’t (Premuzic, 2020).In my career,I finally realizedwithout the accomplishment of higher learning I wasdestinedto continue down ameaninglessroadwith myonly rewardsbeing the infrequent raise.I believe many are worriedaboutthe huge debt that is associated with higher education and thefearthey won’t find a better job tohelppay theirschool loans. I have always believed the philosophy of you have to give up something to gain something. That applies toeducation as well. The quest for higher learninglimitsyourfree time, itlimits time withyourfamily andcreates additional stress. But by giving up these things for a short time will reveal itself by the gains received from theaccomplishmentof a degree.