You can obtain up to 21 college credits simply for attending the police academy. Your associates degree is 60 credits, thus you complete 1/3rd by graduating a police academy. Nowadays, you will find you will be quicker to get employed if you have a Bachelor's degree. I would stay away from a criminal justice degree, and go for something in either public administration or organizational management. When you take courses, be sure to get the highest grade possible as it shows your attention to detail and level of commitment. The government still offers a free education for those in public safety, if you serve ten years of total service, and make a minimum of 120 minimum payments (inclusive of an IBR plan). Think about exit strategies with your degree, should you choose to either depart from a career in law enforcement, or retire after adequate vesting time. For example, you may decide to attend law school, and you can check with local law schools as to which degree may best suit their college.