LOS ANGELES L-A-P-D Chief William Bratton wants to relax officer hiring rules by ending the zero tolerance policy toward marijuana use and bad credit.
He says the proposed changes are necessary to attract new officers.
The force wants to have 10-thousand officers by next summer.
Opponents fear lower standards will bring problem officers onto the force.
But law enforcement experts said Bratton's proposal wouldn't be a radical departure from what many other agencies already are doing.
F-B-I candidates are allowed to have up to 15 uses of marijuana as long as those uses are not within three years of their application date.