Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Degree

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What should I go to school for? Do I need a degree in criminal justice?” On the surface the answer is, “No.” But…it can also be yes. Let me explain what education really means when pursuing that career in corrections or law enforcement!  Many criminal justice programs make it sound like not only do you need a degree in CJ to be hired, but that getting said degree somehow mystically bestows upon you the knowledge and experience to instantly fight crime and leap buildings in a single bound. Continue reading “Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice Degree”

What does it take to be a cop?

What does it take to be a cop? Lighting reflexes and the Kung-Fu moves of Bruce Lee? Or maybe an encyclopedia like memory and knowledge of every law and criminal procedure out there? Or is it what Hollywood would have you believe…shooting from moving vehicles and taking on international terrorists all while yelling Yippee Ki Yay? While some of those things help, what makes for a good law enforcement officer is actually much simpler. And more difficult at the same time.

What primarily makes up the core of a good cop (And therefore a good candidate) is character.  It is the “soft skills” that make or break you in law enforcement. Continue reading “What does it take to be a cop?”