Many depts already have language that it's gone forever for new hires (we all saw that coming). But fast forward a few years and we'll see the desparity in pay between those with and those without, for doing the same job. The argument should be made that, is there an inherent different set of standards, responsibilities or job descriptions for those officers with a college degree as opposed to those with only HS or a GED? The answer is obviously not. The officer with no college has to do exactly the same workload, case preparation and court testimony as the one with the JD. So if we string out that argument it should be noted, as compared with other depts or states of similiar sizes, (I'd have to reference the exact source, just not right this second) that the depts with higher numbers of college grads enjoy the least amount of civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of their officers. Thus making the college incentive more attractive for the employer, not the employee.