Mayor Emanuel Seeks to Relax Standards to Become Chicago Police Officer

Chicago Rahm Emanuel;  Photo: Jim Young/Reuters

Chicago Rahm Emanuel; Photo: Jim Young/Reuters

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened the door to relaxing hiring standards for the Chicago police department in an effort to inspire greater hiring among minority communities. 

Among the ideas is to allow individuals with minor drug or criminal offenses in their backgrounds to apply for and be considered for employment as Chicago police officers. 

Mayor Emanuel said, "I want to take a look at the general idea that, if somebody did something when they were 16 or 17, that doesn’t become an entire impossibility, as long as it’s not serious, to joining a police department."

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