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Hiring Standards

Editorial: Don’t Relax Standards

The officer shortage has reached critical levels, but law enforcement agencies still need to make sure they hire the right people.

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Chicago Inspector General Questions High Attrition Rate for Black Police Applicants

The report said the Chicago Police Department needs to reevaluate its hiring practices for bias and “assess whether the tests and standards at each stage validly select for job-relevant skills and abilities.”

New Jersey Department Changes Grooming Standards in Recruiting Effort

The Camden County (NJ) Police Department—in an effort to boost recruiting—has adopted new grooming and appearance standards for its police officers.

Texas Department Wants to Eliminate College Requirement for Officers

In an effort to increase the number of potential new recruits eligible to join the agency, the Dallas Police Department wants to eliminate the requirement that recruits complete 45 hours of college credit.

Recruit Booted From Chicago Police Academy Wins Second Chance After Legal Battle

His long legal battle shows the difficulties sometimes faced by the Chicago Police Department in the relatively rare instances in which it fires a recruit from the academy.

3 Powerful Chicago Aldermen Push for Relaxed Police Hiring Standards

Chicago's most powerful alderman joined forces Wednesday with chairmen of the City Council's Black and Hispanic Caucuses in demanding that candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses be allowed to become Chicago Police officers.

DOJ Penalizes Denver Sheriff's Department for U.S. Citizenship Hiring Requirement

The U.S. Department of Justice has fined the Denver Sheriff's Department for making U.S. citizenship a job requirement for its deputies during a hiring spree in 2015 and early 2016.

Law Enforcement Agencies Relaxing Hiring Standards

Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks.

Kansas Law Enforcement Recruits' Fitness Requirements May Change

Hoping to attract more potential recruits, some Kansas law enforcement agencies are studying the possibility of easing fitness requirements for applicants.

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Baltimore Chief Wants State to Relax Restrictions on Past Marijuana Use for Recruits

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wants to relax a hiring policy for police officers in Maryland that disqualifies applicants for past marijuana use, saying it is "fundamentally inconsistent with where we are as a society" and hurts local hiring efforts.

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