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Want To Be A Cop In Philadelphia? No College Needed

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department arrive to shut down the Occupy Philadelphia tent encampment near City Hall in the early hours of November 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
Members of the Philadelphia Police Department arrive to shut down the Occupy Philadelphia tent encampment near City Hall in the early hours of November 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Police Department is hiring. And they’re desperate. Staffing levels in the country’s fourth-largest police department has hit a 22-year-low. In response, the department recently loosened hiring requirements in hopes of filling the gap. Recruits no longer have to earn 60 college credits as a requirement of hiring.

As Bobby Allyn of Here & Now Contributor WHYY reports, the move has its critics, but supporters say it will open the door to many qualified recruits.

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