Bachelor’s Degree Requirement for Upper Command Staff Members




Moore, Jerome

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While noting that nothing can replace experience on the job, a higher education brings various tools to officers. There has been a limited amount of research on the effects of education on policing. Most have focused on several arrests, use of force, and searches and seizures. The skills needed for a modern police force are multifaceted and can only be achieved through higher education. A broader perspective of community policing, better communication, and the use of technology are all skills needed for an upper command staff leader. Mandatory education requirements for peace officers wanting to become upper members of the command staff should become the new norm. By making it a mandatory requirement for command staff members to have a bachelor’s degree, the public will get an individual who has developed critical thinking, time management, problem solving, and better decision-making capabilities. Law enforcement agencies should make it a mandatory requirement for all upper command staff members to have a bachelor’s degree. Writing and research are a part of earning a college degree. As some leaders know, reviewing subordinates’ paperwork is an essential part of their job. Report writing and learning how to be detail-oriented is only one skill learned as part of a college degree. Knowing how to be accurate and concise is important for any report. A college degree offers the opportunity to practice writing numerous papers and researching many topics related to law enforcement. Writing well is the mark of a true professional leader and earning a college degree gives ample opportunity to hone the skill.



Higher Education, Police--Selection and Appointment, Promotion, Police Administration