Lack of college requirement for MPD leaves other departments vulnerable - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Lack of college requirement for MPD leaves other departments vulnerable

The West Memphis Police Department is looking for a few good men.

City officials said the department will soon be short staffed by 17.

Now police administrators and the city council are exploring changes.

"We're looking at some incentive programs that other communities use. Some pay incentives for physical fitness. The ability to drive your car home," Ramona Taylor of the West Memphis City Council said.

Since the Memphis Police Department dropped it's college requirement, at least two officers left West Memphis police department for Memphis police department.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department said it is not worried. Hundreds apply for every deputy class anyway.
Bartlett Police say quote, "It's not a Bartlett issue."

In Germantown, officials said they have a waiting list to join the department.

Collierville's Police Chief said recruiting might get more difficult because his department requires two years of college. He has openings and is searching for qualified applicants, but losing officers to Memphis is not a concern.


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