How educated is the average Cincinnati police officer?

The 2018 Cincinnati Police Department ceremonial inspection. This was the first inspection the force had performed since 1941.

About half of Cincinnati’s police officers have college degrees, according to data released by the police department.

The data shows 40{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of the officers, including those at higher ranks, have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Another 10{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} have associate’s degrees.

Here are a few other highlights from the data:

  • About 13{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} reported their highest education level as high school.
  • About 34{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} reported their highest education level as “some college.”
  • At least 33 officers and specialists and another 37 ranking officers hold master’s degrees.
  • Among ranking officers (sergeants and above), 48{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} percent hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • At least six officers hold doctorates and law degrees.

According to census data, about 37{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of Cincinnati’s population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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