On Monday, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced a bill that would require anyone who wants to become a police officer get a bachelors degree or turn 25 before they can begin their career.
According to Assembly Bill 89 (AB 89), it aims to introduce minimum qualifications for police officers and standards.
This bill would increase the minimum qualifying age from 18 to 25 years of age. This bill would permit an individual under 25 years of age to qualify for employment as a peace officer if the individual has a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university. The bill would provide legislative findings in support of the measure.
Within the bill, it states during the years 2014–2018, only 8.7 percent of the police force was 25 years of age or younger and nearly 30 percent of those officers had a bachelor’s degree, suggesting that limitations on the age and education of officers would not significantly affect the available workforce.