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When you hear the phrase "law enforcement," chances are you envision uniformed police officers hauling dangerous criminals off the streets. While it is true that this describes one large area of law enforcement, the field is really much more diverse. In addition to becoming a police officer, a person with law enforcement training could become a detective, a correctional officer or even a college professor. Still, many law enforcement school grads begin their careers as police officers serving a local, state or federal agency, then advance through the ranks via merit and experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the vast majority--about 79 percent--of police officers in 2008 were employed by local governments and another 11 percent worked at the state level.

How to launch a law enforcement career

The BLS reports that law enforcement officers who work at the local or state level can often get by with a high school diploma and completion of an agency-sponsored law enforcement program or academy rather than with a bachelor's-level law enforcement degree. However, a significant number of applicants for entry-level police jobs are college graduates. Those who wish to work for federal agencies or advance to detective positions would benefit from formal training in criminal justice or police science training through a law enforcement program. Those who want to teach criminal justice or law enforcement at the collegiate level should consider a master's degree. Common law enforcement courses include constitutional and civil law, evidence collection and criminology.

 

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              New England College was founded in 1946 to educate soldiers coming home from war. The same great support system that welcomed returning GIs is still a hallmark of NEC today. From enrollment services representatives who’ll guide you through the application process to interactive tools that help you collaborate with instructors and classmates, NEC inspires you to reach the milestones of your educational journey.

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              Portland State University’s online Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice program is designed to produce more than graduates. It’s designed to create CCJ leaders. With a program taught by the same faculty as our on-campus program and delivered on a 100% online platform, our students receive the same level of support and education from instructors and academic advisors whether they are on our Portland campus or miles away.

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