New California Law Allows Non-U.S. Citizens to Become Police Officers January 15th 2023, 11:55 am

A new California law that went into effect in 2023 will allow non-U.S. citizens to become police officers in the state.

California authorities claim the law will help them bolster hiring numbers to address the skyrocketing crime plaguing the state.

From CBS News 8:

“The San Diego Police Department has lost over 500 officers since July of 2020. That’s drastic. We need everyone we can to be able to be a police officer. However, we are not in favor of reducing the requirements and lowering the standards,” said Sgt. Jared Wilson, speaking as President and on behalf of the San Diego Police Officer’s Association.

Wilson said they do have concerns about the new California law that changed the qualifications to become a police officer in the state.

Prior to Jan. 1, 2023, you had to be a United States citizen or permanent resident to qualify for the job.

Now, that’s no longer the case. Anyone who is legally authorized to work in the state of California, under federal law, with the proper green card or visa, is eligible to become a police officer. 

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