Obama administration forces Dayton Police Department to lower its testing standard for police recruits

Even the NAACP thinks that the Obama administration is going to far in pushing affirmative action policies.

The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.

It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.

Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test.

Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.

The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.

“It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community,” said Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane. “It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation."

“The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed,” agreed Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward.

The D.O.J. and Civil Service Board declined Dayton’s News Source’s repeat requests for interviews. The lower standards mean 258 more people passed the test. The city won't say how many were minorities.

“If you lower the score for any group of people, you're not getting the best qualified people for the job,” Foward said. . . .

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Blogger Bill Bulgier said...

Seriously, what business is it of the Central Government how local police departments conduct their business?
Oh wait, I almost forgot, these local governments and police departments give up their sovereignty when they take so called "federal money" in the form of grants along with the agreement to follow federal rule.

I remember when the military reduced the entrance requirements for Hispanics, for the same reasoning. I thought then, why aren't the so called Hispanic leaders raising Kane because the establishment just said Hispanics aren't smart enough to get in the military, so lets lower the scores. So the "leaders" go along with this thinking because social justice has been served? Maybe the local folks should take a new look at where the problems lie and find helpful, local solutions and not nanny state mandates.

3/13/2011 11:54 AM  

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