Jan 7, 2009

HB 1017 - Maximum Hiring Age for Police

Synopsis: Maximum hiring age for police. Increases the maximum age for appointment as a police officer from 36 to 40 years of age.

OPPOSE/NEUTRAL: It's difficult to oppose something when you disagree with what the bill is attempting to improve. Sure, it's great to move the age up for police hires from 36 to 40, but why is there an artificial age limit to begin with? 50 is the new 30, so Maxim reports. How about hiring and retention decisions based on the ability to perform the duties and remove discriminatory criteria all together?

Rep. V. Smith authored; First reading with Committee on Judiciary.


Sean Shepard said...

To the extent that this bill opens up the window, increasing options instead of decreasing them I would probably be a support/neutral on this one.

This might be one of those instances where "perfect" becomes the enemy of "better".

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree. Age itself should not be a factor. A 50 year old may be in better physical condition than a 24 year old. They are also more mature and likely to handle situations in a more professional manner. It has been established in most cases,as we age our morals improve. This would help combat police misconduct that so many departments have issues controlling.

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