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Whether you hope to enter police work at a local, state, or national level, an associate or bachelor degree in law enforcement will provide the right education to help you succeed. Your program should offer courses in criminal law, investigation, justice, and procedure. You will also study the working and administration of a police department, the gathering of evidence, and interview techniques. State and federal police departments normally insist on a college degree. Although you may be able to find work at local level with a high school diploma (or equivalent) a degree will increase your prospects of getting the job you want. It will also help you to develop your future career and maximize your promotion and earnings potential.