The Chicago Police Department (CDP) is considering scrapping its police
entrance exam. Dropping the exam would bolster minority hiring and avert legal
battles, according to one source, while others confirm that the exam could be
scrapped to open the process to as many people as possible.
However, the lack
of an exam would make Chicago the lone major city without one, and experts
contend that the exam is integral to eliminating unqualified applicants, says
-- The CPD has tried in recent years to boost minority hiring by offering the
police exam online and turning to minority clergy to help in the recruitment
-- But those efforts have met with frustration; despite seeing an increase in
the number of minority applicants in 2006, the last year the exam was offered,
the online component was never launched.
-- And as of last year, one in four patrol officers were African-American, but
just one in 12 Lieutenants were of color.
According to Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue, the plan
sounds ridiculous because it takes away one of the steps that attempts to
legitimize the (hiring) process.
The CPD is currently operating at 2,000 officers-a-day short of its
authorized strength, says NBC Chicago.
Source: Steve Bryant, "Police May Scrap Entrance Exam," NBC Chicago,
January6, 2010. For text: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/chicago-police-scrap-entrance-exam-80790827.html
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