Chicago cops can test at 21, join force at 25

Striking a compromise after running into opposition to a plan to raise its minimum application age to 25


By Fran Spielman and Frank Main
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is striking a compromise after running into opposition to a plan to raise its minimum application age to 25.

Instead of forcing aspiring police officers to be at least 25 to take the police entrance exam Dec. 11, the revised policy allows them to take the test at 21. But they still can't enter the police academy until they're 25.

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