Some studies have concluded that the advantage of a college-degreed officer goes beyond the theoretical and intangible ideals of “quality” and “professionalism.” For example, reportedly more able to exercise judicious and mature discretion, college graduates tend to be less of a liability for their departments. Officers with a bachelor’s degree reportedly:
• have fewer citizen complaints
• choose options short of an arrest to resolve problems
• are less authoritarian
• are more ethical
• have fewer disciplinary problems compared to their high school graduate counterparts
What are the reported disadvantages of a bachelor’s degree?
While some studies conclude that a high school education is sufficient for a professional police force, others go one step further and maintain that college-educated officers:
• are more likely to become frustrated with their work
• likely to become frustrated with restrictions imposed by supervisors
• may believe they have limited opportunities for advancement
• place “less value on obedience to supervisors and are less satisfied with their careers”
The result of these negative aspects could translate into problems of personnel turnover.