“Our results demonstrated that college minimums are associated with as much as three times lower rates of police-related fatalities involving Black people than police forces without a college degree requirement…”
I have argued for over six decades the importance of hiring college-educated police officers. Not that some high school-educated cops cannot do a good job, but rather the pressures and expectations of today’s police demand highly educated police— especially when it comes to data showing they tend to use less force when carrying out their duties.
On the first department I led in Burnsville, Minnesota I was able to implement a 4-year degree requirement. That was in 1969. Today, the City of Burnsville continues to hold this requirement for their police.
Requiring highly-trained and college-educated police is the strongest step that America can take toward improving their police and building the competence, trust, and support that is necessary and essential to effectively police a free society.
At last count, only about one-percent of the 16,000+ police agencies in America require a four-year college degree for their new hires.
Read more about this study HERE.