Bill Would Make it Easier for Illinois Vets to Join the Police Force

Dave Dahl, State Capitol Bureau

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – The Illinois State Police are looking for a few good men and women.

People wanting to join the Illinois State Police could use service in Iraq and Afghanistan in lieu of college credit when they apply, under a bill the governor is considering.

Veterans who are honorably discharged and have earned the campaign medal for their tours can bypass a higher-education requirement, under the bill sponsored by State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).

Not everybody is in support. State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) says the bill discounts the importance of classroom experience: “I personally don’t want to encounter a combative State Police officer who didn’t learn anything about human relations or who didn’t learn about the language that we speak.”

SB 1587 has passed the House, 111-3, and goes to the governor.

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