by Mike Rutledge
Originally published: June 9, 2016
City Council last month lifted the maximum age someone can be when hired as a Hamilton police officer. Proponents hope the move will help two ways — increasing the police force’s ethnic diversity and experience, and expanding the pool of eligible applicants.
Before the ordinance was approved May 25, no officers could be older than 35 when hired. There now is no age limit.
“I’m not concerned with an applicant’s age,” Police Chief Craig Bucheit, who pushed for the change, told the Journal-News. “I’m concerned about their desire and passion to serve our community, and how well they can perform their duties as a police officer.”