I've lived in and around Baltimore for all of my 73 years. My opinion on the problems with our police and fire departments lies with recruiting practices ("U.S. Dept. of Justice reveals plans to review Baltimore Police Dept.," Oct. 21). As a young man I never heard of the problems we're now having. The city, counties, and state have lowered their requirements to enter these organizations, and when you lower the requirements you acquire less than acceptable employees.