Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

First Advisor

Dr. St. Louis


According to recent studies, the effectiveness of higher education on police officer performance and salary benefits has been evident. Researchers have concluded that police departments that encourage police officers to receive their college education, or pursue a higher degree than an associates degree, have a higher chance at performing their duties to a higher standard in addition to receiving a higher salary. The purpose of this research is to identify the importance of college education on police officers, and how the additional education is significant to their presence in the community they protect. Police officers can benefit from the research that has been conducted, as police departments have offered incentives in the past for officers to receive their college degree while employed with a department.

Included in

Criminology Commons