Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Council Approves Raising of Standards for Officers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Council Approves Raising of Standards for Officers

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Arnold has upgraded its employment standards for police officers.

The City Council adopted a resolution last week revising the standards.

Among the changes, candidates for a police officer's position are required to have 640 hours of training from a state-certified academy and hold an associate's or higher degree.

Police Chief B.J. Nelson says applications are coming in to fill two new positions approved last month as part of the current budget. The additional positions will bring to 40 the number of full-time officers in the department.

The previous requirements were in effect for several years and were minimum standards, Nelson says. The changes reflect the department's current hiring practices and were brought before the police board.

"We have not hired anybody with less than 640 hours for several years," Nelson said. "We currently receive many applications that meet all of these qualifications . . . so we don't feel we need to lower the standards."

A requirement that an applicant's weight be in proportion to height was dropped to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, Nelson says. …

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