I'd be insulted by this if I were black.
"Not enough of your people are getting hired. Let's try lowering the required test score!"
Uh... you're saying my people are stupid?
If I were an active duty police officer (or fire-fighter) I would refuse to accept being partnered with any newly-hired recruit since he is my crucial back-up, the person upon whom I rely to stay alive! If he can’t pass the same Civil Service exam that everyone else took, I just can’t ever trust him!
And how about the civilian who needs police assistance? Should he/she entrust his life and liberty to someone (of any color) who can’t pass the minimum requirements but is ordered by the incompetent AG in Washington to be acceptable to the community?
This discriminatory decision by Obama and Eric Holder destroys the community’s trust in Dayton’s police and fire guardians. SHAME!!
The Department of Justice, under direct orders from Obama, has forced Dayton Ohio to lower the passing score to an"F" on its police entrance exam in order to ensure more Blacks are hired. Obama should be impeached and Eric Holder imprisoned for this alone but nobody will do anything except stand by and watch Americn commit mediocre, egalitarian suicide. -- Stephen C D
Dayton Police Department Lowers Testing Standards For Recruits.
By ABC News Dayton | Published: 03/12/2011
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.
“We need to work with the youth and make them interested in becoming law enforcement officers and firefighters,” said Beane. “Break down the barriers whether they are real or perceived, so we can move forward in this community.”
The D.O.J. has forced other police departments across the country to lower testing standards, citing once again that not enough black candidates were passing.
The Dayton Firefighter recruit exam is coming up this summer. The chief said it’s likely the passing score for that test will be lowered as well.Civil Service Board Announces Police Recruit Scores.
City agrees to lower test scores for police exam
By Lucas Sullivan, Staff Writer Updated 12:27 PM Thursday, March 10, 2011
DAYTON — The city’s Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.
The city lowered both written exams a combined 15 points that resulted in 258 more people passing the exam, according to a statement released Thursday by Civil Service officials. The agreement allows the city to immediately resume its plans to hire police and firefighters.
The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other.
A total of 748 people passed the exam under the new benchmarks. It is unclear the demographics of those who passed.
The passing candidates will undergo preliminary background checks and, once that hurdle is cleared, will be subject to an oral interview. Those dates have not been determined.
The Justice Department’s rejection of the passing scores last month delayed the city’s firefighter’s exam that was slated for April 2. A makeup date has yet to be set for the exam.
The city said it wants to put new hires on the street in both police and fire departments by next year to replace dozens of retirees that have left public safety forces near all-time lows.