Ohio city eliminates age limit for new police officers

Courtesy Hamilton Police Department Facebook page

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio city has lifted the age limit to become a police officer.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/21ddZQA ) proponents hope the move will increase the Hamilton police force’s diversity and experience and expand its pool of eligible applicants.

Before the ordinance was approved last month, applicants older than 35 couldn’t be hired. The ordinance removed that limit.

Police Chief Craig Bucheit pushed for the change and says he’s not concerned with an applicant’s age. He says he cares about their desire to serve and how well they can perform their duties as a police officer.

The local president of the NAACP says he’s in favor of the change and is impressed with the chief’s move.

It’s not clear how many people previously were rejected because of their age.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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