City Leaders Consider College Degree Requirement for MPD Officers

(Memphis) In light of recent high-profile cases where police officers have been accused of criminal activity, city leaders will be meeting Tuesday morning to discuss how to recruit better qualified people.

Two years ago, the criterion of at least two years of college or military service was reinstated for police officer candidates.

After several recent incidents, some council members are wondering whether a four-year degree should be required.

Councilman Jim Strickland will be asking people for feedback on that idea, as well as the idea of having more psychological evaluations and counseling throughout an officer’s career.

“[A college degree] may be a good idea, because it takes a certain level of maturity and persistence to get a college degree, and maybe that would be helpful,” Strickland said.

Michael Williams, the president of the Memphis Police Association, said that more education would be better.


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