A study suggesting that better-educated police officers are less likely to resign or be fired has prompted the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners to arrange a partnership with local universities to seek recruits, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An internal study showed that a less-educated an officer is more likely to get into a career-ending situation. About 39 percent of the last 900 officers hired had only a high school education or General Equivalency Diploma.
The board endorsed a plan for Police Chief Dan Isom and Lt. Col. Paul Nocchiero to enter an agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University and Harris-Stowe State University. The goal over the next two years is to do all recruiting from the universities. The department will begin requiring at least a two-year associate’s degree, and universities will get added job opportunities for students, Nocchiero said. “We believe this partnership will improve recruitment, retention, discipline, police services and overall employee satisfaction.” Since 1995, the department has required that recruits have at least 30 hours of college credit.