In an effort to manage a severe manpower shortage within the New Orleans Police Department, Superintendent Michael Harrison last month requested the Civil Service Commission set aside a hiring requirement that all new recruits possess at least 60 hours of higher education credits, or show military service as a benchmark to being employed.

Harrison said last month that the higher education rule hurts NOPD’s recruitment efforts by excluding otherwise qualified individuals who cannot afford a higher education, according to a WWLTV.com report.

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