This thought just occurred to me. This may or may not be the right time for it, but I’m writing it down.
We want professional peace officers, correct? A few agencies require a bachelor’s degree to be an officer because they recognize that the time spent in college that results in a degree produces a more well-rounded person. College, generally, gives one a wider worldview, a more all-encompassing, all-embracing perspective.
What’s the problem? Not everyone can afford a college education in America. Lots of good candidates can’t afford the degree.
Solution: 1) Require the degree to be an officer 2) Make college free Problem solved. Those that want to be cops will go through college, turning them into a more “well-rounded” person, and money won’t be a barrier.