New demands changing the face of police hiring pools

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2014 - 8:14 PM

More chiefs looking for four-year degrees, people skills and critical thinking.

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adamske20Jan. 3, 1411:14 PM

Is this modernization happening in Minneapolis? I hope so. We really need to upgrade the police force here. Kenneth

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GARYBUMPERJan. 3, 1411:40 PM

I spent over 30 years in Law Enforcement and saw the job change from blue collar to profesional status. However, when tne chips were down I was happy to see a 6'2" 220 pound back up over a 5'4" with a four year degree.

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bradmg1979Jan. 3, 1411:49 PM

This idea failed in st. cloud. This is a dumb idea

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citypersonJan. 4, 1412:06 AM

This is wonderful. While there are many great police, there are too many neanderthals in police work. The move to college-educated people in uniform will more than pay for itself with the lowering of lawsuits against police. I've had police in Minneapolis bark at me like I was an animal. I have also ran in to many great officers. Two officers once gave my girlfriend and I a ride to our car when we were lost in Downtown after moving to the metro.

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nonewtaxesJan. 4, 14 6:03 AM

Yes, is is often necessary to have a 220 pound guy for back-up, but more often a calm, well trained female is appropriate for conciliation of a domestic dispute. It takes different skills to make an effective team. This is a positive development.

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foneboothJan. 4, 14 6:58 AM

I was always proud to be a member of the Minnesota law enforcement community. I was there in the early days of women coming into the business as well as upgrading standards and creating the POST board. Sure, you need some big folks out there on the street. But I always said it was brains over brawn most of the time. I big guy who isn't very smart will get you in more trouble than someone smaller but can think better. More important however, is attitude, and that can only be taught from the inside out. A lot of young cops I meet today often seem too rigid, expecting the laws to tell them what to do next. That job requires brains, brawn, but flexibility as well.

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foneboothJan. 4, 14 7:00 AM

Also, I and the others I started with all had 4 year degrees even in the 70's. This is nothing new, but the candidate pool changes over time.

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bradmg1979Jan. 4, 14 7:03 AM

nonewtaxes so in order to prevent new taxes what do u wanna cut. Cut some cops in order to hire one's with 4 year degree's. These 4 year people cost and want more money. This will lead to fewer police out there on the streets.

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baddoggieJan. 4, 14 7:39 AM

Interesting, we have struggled with people with 4 year degrees. Generally people in my field with degrees don't do as well as the ones without. They overthink thinks and subsequently don't apply it well in the field. Great for paperwork but beyond that... for the record I have a degree.

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fromupnortJan. 4, 14 8:18 AM

Yes, let's create more barriers for people to enter a profession. This will mean more college loans. I can already hear the interest drawing on the steps of the banks. And when they are done with a four year entry level criteria, let's make Captains have PhDs or even scarier, lawyers! Minnesota...Over-the-top once again. It's just your tax money!

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