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Criminal Justice Testimonial

Law enforcement expert, certified police officer, and New England College criminal justice professor, Frank Jones, shares how academic experience can elevate an officer’s impact.


What skills or experience can a degree bring to the table for a police officer who would be interested in career advancement?

  • Research shows that college-educated police officers make better police officers.
  • Enhanced skills in areas like writing, communication, research, and time management help officers really connect with their very broad and diverse constituency base.
  • Other learned expertise supports specific job functions in dealing with probable cause, reasonable suspicion, 4th Amendment applications to search and seizure, laws of arrest, criminal investigation, causes of crime, the functions of the justice system, dealing with offenders, and more.

How can a criminal justice degree enhance career prospects?

  • Without a doubt, having advanced knowledge and a degree makes police officers more promotable.
  • Today nearly all law enforcement organizations require a degree with a minimum of 60-credit hours from a fully accredited source of higher education.”

At what levels in law enforcement are degrees required?

  • As a new officer moves up the chain of command, more educational achievement is desired from both an academic and job task perspective (i.e., academy and specialized training).
  • To earn a command staff ranking, an officer must have a baccalaureate level baseline of academic achievement and at least some graduate level work or degree.
  • There’s a lot of great information in this area on PoliceOne.com.Frank Jones, Visiting Professor, Criminal Justice

Frank Jones
Assistant Professor of the
Practice in Criminal Justice