Dallas Police Put Relaxed Hiring Standards on Hold

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DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say they're now holding off considering applicants with histories of experimental drug use now that city leaders want more time to review the new policy.

Mayor Tom Leppert told The Dallas Morning News that the city simply needs "to better understand the logic" behind the change.

Under the relaxed recruiting standards, police will consider applicants who have used small amounts of drugs such as cocaine and heroin in the distant past.

Previously, recruiters could consider applicants who had used marijuana, but would-be officers who had tried harder drugs could not be hired.

Police said they expect to brief the City Council's public safety committee on the policy in November.