I am so sorry we (my generation) has made such a big mess of things! At the ripe age of 56, I recently returned to school, and cannot believe how the colleges/universities have turned into blatant businesses. (or perhaps I was naive at 19 yrs old?) The colleges want money. They tell students they have potential, even when it is clear they are pursuing the wrong degree. And now, Masters degree? for what? I cannot believe the number of students going for their master's. Guess what happens to them? They get denied the professional jobs because they have no experience, and denied the entry-level jobs because they are over-qualified.
Let me ask you this. Do you have any experience working in law enforcement? Did you know many agencies offer tuition assistance? Did you know many females leave the profession after a short time? What aspect of law enforcement appeals to you?
If you want to be a high ranking administrator someday, you might need the master's. But it is not going to do much for you starting out. Oh, and they are probably telling you that you will get paid an extra $50 or so a month if you have a master's. It will take a long time for that to add up to the cost of the master's.
Listen to your gut. That little voice in your head that is telling you to ask this question. If all those other students go for their master's, then, we are right back where we started. A whole bunch of people seeking the same jobs. Find another way to stand out from the crowd. Please!!
And later, if you decide this is where you belong, go back for the master's, using tuition assistance provided by the agency. It can wait a few years.
Welcome to law enforcement. . . it really is a special sort of job!