Heroin Use? Juvenile Record? For Recruits, Police Forgive Past Sins - The New York Times: Are you cleanshaven and tattoo-free? What’s your credit score? What about marijuana — ever inhaled?
Becoming a police officer has long depended on having the right answers to questions like these.
But with killings by officers forcing a public reckoning over whether the police deserve to be seen automatically as the good guys, departments in major cities are struggling to fill thousands of openings: 1,000 in Chicago, nearly 300 in Phoenix and 200 in Detroit. And with the additional mandate to become as diverse as the communities they serve, police departments are rethinking recruitment standards once considered sacrosanct.
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