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Hi Mr. Toomey,
I am a senior in high school beginning college apllications and I was wondering what your take is as far as what you should/shouldnt major in in college if you want to go into law enforcement. I hear criminal justice is not actually a good major to go into because its simply too common? I know there is no absolute sure way to make sure something happens but I want to do whatever I possibly can to make sure i have a very high chance of landing a job in the LAPD after college. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you: )


You heard right.  There is no need to major in criminal justice.  There is hardly anything that they can teach you to become a police officer.  If you have good street smarts and intuition that will be the key factors and they will determine that in the police academy.

Major in anything that interests you.  Some of the best officers that I knew had degrees in History, Music, Political Science, etc.

What is going to get you hired is how you interview, how you answer questions, your background, and your intelligence.

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Jack Toomey


If you are an author I will be happy to help you however I do expect a reasonable donation using the PayPal icon. U.S.: I am an expert in this category for the purpose of giving young people an idea what the hiring process involves for the position of police officer. I am getting a flood of questions from young people who are being influenced by unrealistic television shows. I'd ask you to consider that when you watch police shows on television that they are NOT realistic and most of what you see does not happen in real life. Please do not ask me about potential jail sentences that you, your friends, or family might receive in court. There is no way for me to know that. I am NOT a probation officer so I cannot answer questions about probation and parole matters. I am a retired police officer with 26 years experience.I worked in a variety of assignments including investigations, homicide, sex crimes, runaway investigations, missing persons, and fraud.I also dealt with the general public during that time giving a wide range of advice on matters such as domestic disputes, problem solving, teenage problems, civil/criminal matters, and dealing with the mentally ill. I am available to give sound and reasonable advice which can solve most problems. Please do not ask me to do homework questions or online interviews. Young people should not rely on the Internet for interviews. Local police officers are normally very agreeable to assist students with interviews and surveys.


Worked as a police officer/detective for 26 years.

Graduate of the University of Maryland.B.S. in Law Enforcement.Attended numerous schools and training courses involving investigations, interviewing, interrogations, crime detection, domestic violence, and others. Recognized in court as an expert witness.

Received numerous awards during my police career for expert investigations. Handled the most sensitive and confidential investigations. In 1999 I won an award for my work with high school students while working in my new career in a large suburban high school.

B.S from the University of Maryland.

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