Photo by Paul Clinton.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

About 18,000 applicants hope they'll be chosen for an upcoming Chicago Police recruit class in a year the agency broadened its applicant pool.

The Chicago PD will administer the written test for potential recruits following a Sept. 16 deadline for possible employment. Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday he hopes to get 30,000 applicants, reports the Chicago Tribune.

This year, the agency lowered the eligible age to 18 from 21. The maximum age is 40.

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