Struggling to recruit new police officers amid a wave of retirements and departures, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Thursday the department would no longer require some prospective officers to have at least 60 hours of college credit.

Applicants to the Chicago Police Department who have at least three years of professional experience in the social services, health care, education or trade industries would not have to show any college credit, as well as those who have worked as private security guards, correctional officers or for other law enforcement agencies, Brown said.

“Life experience makes a very big difference,” said Deputy Chief Antoinette Ursitti, who oversees the police academy.

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