Lakewood, Colorado

Since Lakewood, Colorado, was created as a city in 1970, it has required bachelor’s degrees for all entering officers, who are referred to as agents. Lakewood was among the first departments in the nation to establish this educational requirement. Today, many Lakewood officers have graduate degrees, including a number of law degrees. The diversity of degrees ranges from social science to business to theology, and this educational standard helps officers address everyday issues in a diverse community. The on-the-job education also never ceases.