It depends on what your goals are. Getting a degree before going into the military would be of benefit to you because that would allow you to enter as a commissioned officer. Officers are payed more than enlisted ranks and it is a leadership position. Any military experience looks good on a resume, especially to a police department, but having leadership experience and a degree will take you far in your career.
Typically veterans are given preference over non-veterans during the initial hiring process, and that experience will definitely aid you in life.
I was hired by a police agency while finishing my degree in college, so I never had the chance to join the military. Several officers on my department are veterans and their experiences in the military have helped them in the civilian world and law enforcement.
My best advice is to do what feels right to you. Best of luck!
Gary Stephen’s Answer
Hi, Good question, I agree with Brians answer above. I will add that if you go in the military first, the military may help you pay for college or you could do both...be in the military and go to school online or at a local campus as well. A lot of military bases now have colleges on base that you can attend during off duty hours. You will also get some college credit for your military service, if you can go in as a military police/security officer, you will earn college credit for going through military training. I received most of my first 2 year associates degree from military training. Good luck... :)