According to the outlet, over the four months that Chicago offered its police entrance exam last year, around 3,800 people took it, compared to the 22,000 people who’ve sat for the exam in years prior.
The announcement came last week from Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown who said that candidates with two years of military or peace officer experience, or spent three years as a corrections officer, social worker, worked in healthcare, a trade or education would no longer be required to have at least 60 college credit hours.
Chicago isn’t alone in reducing or waiving certain standards for potential police officers. Philadelphia and New Orleans both got rid of or lowered education requirements. Philadelphia’s former police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called the move an “embarrassment.”