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Supt. Harrison looks to slash college credit requirements for NOPD candidates

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

College education requirements for individuals applying for the New Orleans Police Department could be eliminated.

As it stands, in order to apply for the New Orleans Police Department, a candidate must have one of the following: Two years of active military service; four years in the National Guard or reserve; two years with another police department; or at least 60 college credits.

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison wants to drop the college credit requirement. On Monday, officials with the New Orleans Police Department will pitch the idea to the Civil Service Commission.

The department is working to get as many officers on the street as quickly as possible. The recruitment process stretches across the country.

Harrison believes that the college requirement may keep potentially qualified candidates from applying.

The plan has the backing of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune. However, others - including City Council members and the Consent Decree Monitor - have concerns about the proposal.

The hiring requirement would not change. Harrison says eliminating the college credit requirement would simply widen the pool of applicants.

Officials with the New Orleans Police Department and the Civil Service Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Monday. It's up to the Civil Service Commission to make changes in the hiring requirements for city employees.

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