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Law enforcement agencies proposing legislation to raise standards for police recruiting, training

Los Angeles Police Department
Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 14:16:11-05

California law enforcement agencies with both police chiefs and rank and file officers are proposing legislation that they say would raise standards for police recruiting and training while increasing diversity.

New recruits would have to complete college classes that the groups say would prepare them to meet the expectations of the modern police force according to the legislation proposed Thursday. Those classes could cover topics like mental health, social services, psychology, and communication.

The new potential requirements are part of what officials are calling a "cultural shift" not only within police ranks but in how officers are viewed by the public.