The Akron (OH) Police Department says it will increase the maximum hiring age for an Akron police officer from 35 years old to 40 years old and will bring back its own police academy that was stopped by the city in 2008 because of financial restraints.

According to ABC News, the agency will also compensate recruits, unlike previously, when new recruits would not be formally hired or receive a paycheck from the city until after they graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC).

Akron Police Department recruits will be hired by the city and paid a starting wage of $26.22 an hour from the first day of the training academy.

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