For those who want to become a police officer in a small town, they will have to graduate from high school and attend police academy training. New recruits are not often required to have advanced degrees. If a new recruit doesn't want to advance in the department, they don't need a higher education. If they ever want to be a detective or work in other areas of law enforcement, an advanced degree is mandatory.
A patrol officer will respond to incidents of violence and crime to make sure the initial scuffle is contained. After the patrol officer has calmed the situation or secured a crime scene, a detective will come in to investigate the incident. A detective needs to have a higher degree since he or she tries to garner confessions from suspects, follow procedures to arrest a suspect and send that suspect to jail. They need to understand law to an advanced degree as well as how to deal with the prosecutor's office. …show more content…
Criminologists understand criminal behavior, which helps them investigate crimes, testify in court as well as practice psychology and research. Criminologists can work in a variety of high level positions in law enforcement as well as teaching in a university or working with other government agencies.
Crime Scene Investigators
Officers who investigate crime scenes must be extremely well-educated. A Master's degree in forensic science is the biggest requirement for an investigator. If the person wants an education in criminal justice, it should be a program that offers a concentration in forensics. A crime scene investigator handles all the physical evidence generated at a crime scene. They search homes, vehicles and other environments after a crime has taken place. They photograph the scene, take hair and blood samples as well as fingerprints to match to a suspect
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