California Police Organizations Proposing Legislation To Raise Police Recruiting Standards

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Police organizations in California are proposing legislation that they say would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity. Potential officers would have to complete college classes that the groups would prepare, including courses on mental health, social services, psychology and communication. The California Police Chiefs Association cited studies that show officers who lacked a college education accounted for 75% of disciplinary actions; officers with college degrees acted as if they had the same experience as 10-year veterans; and that college graduates are less likely to use force.