Police Director explains elimination of college requirements for new officers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Police Director explains elimination of college requirements for new officers

Tuesday morning, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin went before the Memphis City Council to explain why he is eliminating the college requirement for new recruits: to put more officers on city streets.

With many new people on the council, members wanted clarification about why Godwin chose not to keep the college requirement.

At Tuesday's meeting, Godwin told council members it would be virtually impossible to achieve the city's goal of putting 500 more officers on the street without the change.  Godwin added the ultimate goal is to turn Memphis into a safer city.

Godwin explained to council members the officer recruitment dilemmas he has faced in recent years. 

"I have turned down recruits with, applicants I should say, with 52 hours, two tours in Iraq, but they didn't have 24 months consecutive military and I had to turn them down," Godwin said.

Godwin said recruits with college experience would still be preferred, and recruits will still undergo psychological evaluations, written exams, and medical and physical ability tests.

The first recruitment class began Monday, and Godwin said he wanted people to know they are hiring. 

For more information on the requirements and application procedures for the Memphis Police Department, click here.


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