How educated is the average Cincinnati police officer?

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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