When you lower the standards for anything, you undoubtedly will get lowered expectations and less favorable results. Humans by their nature are very adaptable. Humans will rise to whatever expectations they have to in order to get by. Memphis has continually lowered the standards for hiring these officers. Lower standards might increase the numbers but at what price?
We now know.....
Expect more.....get more....
The following link provides insight to similar problems in Miami and what they did to fix them. Memphis needs to looks at other police departments that are successful and follow their example. Something needs to be done, but we must not only do something, we must do something that works.
Shoring up hiring standards is a logical step. Miami's police department suffered serious problems after it lowered standards to raise the number of officers in the 1980s. The Miami River Cops were accused of robbing cocaine dealers of cash and drugs, and at least 20 were sentenced to prison. Hiring standards were raised after the scandal, and that helped reduce police corruption in Miami.
Recently, the Memphis City Council has discussed whether requiring a four-year undergraduate degree might slow the number of arrests.
The current requirement is two years of college or two years of military service, or at least three years at another department with at least 20 officers. Those requirements were reduced to a high school diploma or GED in 2008 but were reinstated in 2010.