Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration intends to upend a longstanding requirement for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, eliminating the need for applicants to have college credits before they apply and making the police academy count for some of the credits.
The move comes as the number of sworn officers has continued to dwindle since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bureau is fully staffed at 900 sworn officers. As of Friday, the bureau had 841, and officials have previously noted that more than 200 are eligible for retirement.
Source: Pittsburgh scrapping college credit requirement for police recruits