I wanted to know how to become a cop, but am put off by the need to undertake further study at college. Is this compulsory?

It will depend on the entry requirements of your local state. Most states require that you must at least have a high school diploma, as an absolute minimum. We have included details of criminal justice degrees; whilst not compulsory, many law enforcement candidates find it very useful as it provides an all round understanding of the machinery of justice, whether the court system, prison system or otherwise.