Police Recruiting Older, Hoping to Get Wiser

November 11, 2010  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — At age 30, Eric Schofield has had his share of jobs: Army marksman, union electrician and martial arts instructor.  The Warrenville resident and expectant father believes those experiences will aid him in his next career goal: Chicago police officer.  Schofield doesn’t see his being nearly 10 years older than some recruits as a detriment, saying those experience could be valuable in a life-or-death situation.  “It won’t be as hasty decision-making as perhaps a younger man might make,” he said. “It would definitely aid my ability to judge a situation and make a critical choice.”  Police officials agree. Ahead of next month’s police exam, the city’s first in several years, police officials have ramped up their outreach efforts to gather the most talented pool of candidates possible. City officials said they’re trying to recruit a mix of technically skilled and mature individuals from various cultural backgrounds.

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