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Police Departments Don't Want College Graduates as Cops

Many of today's college graduates are likely to be employed in jobs that don't require a college degree, pay small salaries and are part time, according to a new study.

Research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York claims that 44 percent of recent college grads were working jobs that did not require an undergraduate degree in 2012.

According to, jobs (electricians, dental hygienists, mechanics) that do not require a college degree, actually pay more than the jobs these college grads are landing.

One sector of America that is facing a staffing shortage of applicants are police departments.

Layoffs, hiring freezes, furloughs and reductions to salaries and benefits have contributed to the staff shortage, reports Police Chief Magazine.

Besides the economic factors, many police departments don't want college graduates to even apply.

Apparently, this is because college grads look at joining police forces and SWAT teams as a temporary stepping stone to build their resumes.

This topic was recently discussed at the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) at the annual National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show, which took place in Las Vegas this month, notes

“Instead of having 20 people staying there 20 years, you have people stay there five to seven years,” stated Captain Ed Allen, NTOA Eastern Region Director and Instructor.

Another problem is that most college graduates don't share a hunger for violence.

“What’s gone is police departments looking for the defenseman on the hockey team, the rough guy who can prepare to visit violence [on] a bad guy who would do us harm," stated one police officer. "[He is replaced by] the university graduate who comes with his entitled attitude."

Another police officer added, "We got lawyers. We got Ph.Ds. We got everything but police officers. They can’t clear a corner. You tell them, 'Get out of the squad car and go clear the corner;' but they can recite to you a formula, Starling’s law for cardiac help or something."

Daytona Beach, Fla. law enforcement training specialist David Agata told, “The challenge is we got a mindset that says, 'I don’t need to pay the price to get to where I need to go,' or they really don’t understand the job that they really have to do. Why? Because they haven’t done their homework."

Sources:, Police Chief Magazine,, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


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