New law waives Bachelor’s Degree requirement to join Illinois State Police

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new executive order on Friday, one of which changes the hiring requirements for the Illinois State Police.

Starting today, candidates need only an Associate’s Degree, or 60 class hours, to join the police academy.

Previously, candidates needed to possess a Bachelor’s Degree.

Pritzker says the move helps diversify the applicant pool.

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