The federal government has demanded the city of Dayton, Ohio lower testing standards for law enforcement positions in the city. The DOJ has a quota in place, indicating not enough African Americans passed the exam so they want the passing score lowered. The Dayton NAACP does not think the testing standards should be lowered.
Of course, this is tied directly to federal handouts to the police department or the city, as funding always is accompanied by mandates. In this case, Dayton needs to lower the standard or they won’t get their “share” of funding. From ABC 2 in Dayton.
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’.
This is the absolute wrong way to go about getting more people interested in law enforcement. Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward notes…
“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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