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Proposed Law Would Require CA Police Recruits to be 25 or Hold 4-Year Degree

“These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves,” said Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who is chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

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Standout Pennsylvania Football Player Trades Jersey for Police Uniform

A standout football player for the Bishop McDevitt High School in Pennsylvania—who was thought to be a sure-fire NFL prospect—decided that he had a higher calling and entered the police academy instead of continuing his path toward football.

Austin Police Recruits in Limbo as City Cancels Classes

The move to cancel APD cadet classes through June 2021 capped off Austin’s budget process. But it also capped off several months of waiting for cadets, some of whom moved from other places like California, Florida and Washington, D.C. Many of them left jobs to join the force.

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.

South Carolina May Prohibit Untrained Police Recruits from Patrolling Alone

Currently, officers with no prior training can patrol by themselves in their first year on the job. This policy has been around for decades because of the long wait times for academy training and the need for officers in some small towns.

Teaching Control Tactics with Jiu Jitsu

Why the Marietta (GA) Police Department made Brazilian jiu jitsu training mandatory.

Kansas Agency Sees Record Number of Women in Latest Recruit Class

The Wichita (KS) Police Department has a total of 12 female recruits in its latest academy class—the most women ever in a single recruiting round—up from eight women in last year's batch of would-be WPD officers.

Houston PD Policy Will Allow Officers to Grow Beards

Two years after loosening up the department's tattoo regulations, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that officers will be allowed to grow beards.

Ohio Bill Would Mandate Officer Training on Contacts with People with Dementia

New recruits would get at least two hours of instruction on how to interact with dementia patients in peace officer training school, under a bipartisan, newly introduced Ohio House bill.

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San Diego Police Department Offering Home Loans as Hiring Incentives

The San Diego Police Department wants first-time home-buyers to join the ranks of its sworn officers, and is willing to loan those individuals $50,000 to help them settle in the Southern California city.