Dayton’s New Cops: From Failing To Passing

Dayton, Ohio, has decided that a “D” or an “F” on the civil service exam is enough to get you into the police academy… at least if you’re a member of certain privileged groups:

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’.

Would you like to be protected by someone who only got 58% on their civil service exam to enter the police academy? It may surprise you to find that the NAACP doesn’t really seem to like that idea either:

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

Of course, he could be engaging in semantic games… since the passing score was lowered, they really didn’t “fail,” they “passed,” although the passing score had to be changed to allow them to “pass.”

The Civil Service Board also seems to be engaging in semantic games:

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.

Now, let’s look at this logically:

  • Before the passing score was lowered, Dayton was told that not enough favored minorities had passed.
  • After the passing score was lowered, there’s apparently no problem.
  • If, after lowering the passing score, only non-favored minorities (whites or people of Asian descent) had switched from failing to “passing,” the city would have been told to lower the passing score again.
  • Therefore, it’s probably a very good bet that at quite a few of those who had previously failed but now “passed” were minorities.

But, of course, the Dayton branch of the Orwell Memorial Ministry of Truth won’t admit that’s what happened.

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2 responses to “Dayton’s New Cops: From Failing To Passing”

  1. 49erDweet says :

    This decision will accelerate the trend of real cops leaving Dayton for opportunities elsewhere. Losses will turn from a trickle to a roar, over the next few years, and in four years the name of that department will be synonymous to Ohioans with “Keystones”. All they need would be a Mack Sennett wannabe as chief for the conversion to be complete. And that will likely happen.

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