Feds to Dayton: Too few minorities passed your police test

The city of Dayton, OH desperately needs to hire new police recruits to replace a number of recent retirees. Unfortunately, the hiring process has been derailed by the US Department of Justice because not enough minorities passed the civil service test (story here).

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’.

So, the Justice Department of Attorney General Eric “my people” Holder is putting race ahead of competence in matters of local law enforcement (more here). I thought the DOJ was supposed to be for all people of the US. I mean, isn’t this supposed to be the the era of the “post racial” presidency? I guess not…

And how do the folks in Dayton feel about this boot-to-the-face? Apparently even the local chapter of the NAACP doesn’t like it.

“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.

“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.”

This is clearly a case where Holder and the DOJ are overstepping their authority. This is a local, not federal, civil service issue. It’s too bad the city doesn’t have the resources to tell Holder to butt out.


2 Responses to “Feds to Dayton: Too few minorities passed your police test”

  1. the most important thing here is intregrity.just because you score high on the exam does not mean you are qualtifried to be police officers. remember rodney king,

    • Good point, Dave. However, there is a need for some type of qualifying test. Not everyone can be a police officer. Unfortunately integrity is not something that you can simply test – other than in real life situations. Furthermore I would suggest that personal integrity can be corrupted by the culture of the precinct or station house – especially where leadership is weak or corrupt.

      The salient point here is that the DOJ is overstepping its authority in a local civil service issue – solely on the issue of race.

      Thanks for the comment!

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