Of course just because an applicant has a criminal justice degree, homeland security degree, or any other degree doesn't mean that they will be a better police officer than someone without a degree. However, earning a college degree often requires discipline and responsibility, and indicates willingness and ability to learn. These are important traits for police officers. There are many benefits to earning a college degree. For example, a student's social skills often improve and and he or she is often forced to overcome financial, academic, and other personal hardships to earn a degree. In many cases, people assume a "professional" has a college education. Police departments want to maintain a professional image in every way possible. Keep in mind that many police departments require applicants to have college. Also, many of the police departments that don't require applicants to have a college degree prefer them to. Some departments pay their officers more if they have a degree. Having a degree can also help you get promoted during your career as a police officer.
Many people think that criminal justice is the best degree choice for someone that wants to become a police officer. Criminal justice might be a good choice for some people. However, many people working in law enforcement would suggest choosing a different major. There are many good choices of majors for police officers and future police officers. Accounting, business, communications, computer science/information technology, English, a foreign language, forensic science, law, photography, psychology, and sociology are just some examples of degrees that could benefit police officers. If you are thinking about becoming a police officer and getting a college degree, consider what you are interested in, consider what area you would like to specialize in if you ever get the opportunity during your career as a police officer, and think about what you might want to do as a side job or after you retire.
So, hopefully you realize that you should get a college degree and that there are many good majors that you can choose if you want to become a police officer. You might now be wondering what school to choose. That is somewhat simple. Choose any properly accredited college or university. Aside from that, there are a few other things that you can consider. Consider what you can afford. Don't forget to look into scholarships, grants, and loans. Consider whether you want to stay close to home or not. Consider whether or not you would like to complete some of your classes online. Many good colleges and universities offer online criminal justice degrees, online homeland security degrees, and many others. Online classes can be very convenient for students that have jobs, children, or other responsibilities.
Remember to get your money's worth and make good use of your time by learning as much as you can and getting the highest grade point average that you can. Remember to maintain a good reputation. Also, extra-curricular activities such as playing a sport or becoming an officer of a club look good on applications and resumés. A criminal justice degree, criminology degree, homeland security degree, and law enforcement degree are just a few of the degrees you might want to consider. Explore all of your options, and then GO FOR IT!