The NOPD is looking for a few good cops. It just doesn’t care if they’re very smart.
In a December 29, 2014 letter to the Civil Service Commission, Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison advocated removing the requirement that police recruits obtain at least 60 higher education credits, with exceptions for those possessing prior military or law enforcement experience.
According to Harrison, all that fancy book learnin’ just ain’t necessary. He’d prefer to emphasize “workforce training over formal classroom education.” Furthermore, the 60-credit mandate damages “NOPD’s ability to recruit and hire qualified police officers by excluding . . . those who cannot afford a higher education.”