Then-Mayor of New York City Ed Koch, when asked about women joining the New York Fire Department, famously responded “I don’t care what sex a firefighter is, as long as they can carry a 200 pound mayor out of a burning building.”
The Dayton, Ohio Civil Service board has agreed, at the direction of the U.S. Justice Department, has lowered the standards to increase the number of minority applicants that pass the written exam to enter the police academy.
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.
Applicants that pass the written exam still have to undergo a background check and an oral exam/interview before being accepted into the police training program. As of this date, we have no word if the U.S. Justice Department will be also be directing Dayton, Ohio to lower their standards for the background check or personal interview…
UPDATE: The Presidents of the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police and of the Dayton Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have responded to the revised-downward standards:
“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.”
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Dayton Daily News: City agrees to lower test scores for police exam