To increase the size of its police force, the city of Memphis is changing the recruitment policy. Under the new policy new recruits no longer need a college degree. The policy was approved by city leaders last month, but some feel a lack of education puts citizen’s safety in jeopardy.

“This is a type of job that you have the ability to take someone’s life,” said Michael R. Williams, Memphis Police Association President. “This is a type of job that you’re going to serve as a police officer in what the FBI has deemed the second or third most violent city in the nation per capital.”

Williams reacted Tuesday to news that city leaders rolled out changes to the police department’s recruitment policy. New guidelines indicate recruits no longer need a college degree or military experience, LocalMemphis.com reports.

 

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