A study of recent graduates of the Atlanta Police Department’s academy shows that one out of three have criminal records. The study also found that 36 percent admitted that they had been rejected by other police departments.
In my view, the mere fact that someone was once arrested should not be a barrier to police service, or even the conviction on a minor offense. However, these crimes include such crimes as assault.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, through an Open Records Act request, conducted the study based on 36 applications for police recruits who graduated June 10 and Aug. 4.
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