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Chicago Police Department lowers application age from 21 to 18

Friday, July 05, 2013
File image of a Chicago police vehicle.

File image of a Chicago police vehicle.

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A big change is coming to who is eligible to take the Chicago Police Department exam.

The Sun-Times reports the police department is lowering the application age to 18 to increase the pool of eligible applicants and boost diversity.

In 2010, former Police Superintendent Jody Weis raised the application age from 21 to 25 to attract more mature officers.

But a spokesman says Superintendent Garry McCarthy decided to lower it to reach people at the time they are making career decisions.

Applicants who pass the exam can enter the police force at age 21.

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