Educational standards lowered for new Asheville police

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Once known for some of the highest educational standards in North Carolina, the Asheville Police Department has cut degree requirements for new recruits. The department quietly lowered education requirements in June, saying new police officers no longer needed a two-year college degree and could be hired with a high school diploma. The change is intended to “increase the size, diversity and quality of the applicant pool,” as well as put Asheville in line with most departments’ hiring practices, interim Police Chief Wade Wood said. Two Asheville police veterans say lower standards indicate a decline in the department’s prestige. A university professor specializing in police training said the change could even lead to more problems in the use of excessive force. “We were once seen as the most progressive agency in the state,” said 26-year Asheville police veteran Tom Aardema. “But the philosophy of the agency has changed.”

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Posted on January 5, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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