Better Hope Your Local Cop/Fireman Keeps His GPS Battery Charged

…if he’s one of the guys who can’t READ…like, maps and stuff.

Dayton throws out written police exam scores, will rely on oral interviews only

DAYTON — The city of Dayton plans to discard the test scores of the 748 people who passed its police recruit exam in November and will instead hire officers based only on a subjective oral interview — a change meant to improve the city’s ability to hire more minorities.

The announcement comes after the U.S. Department of Justice forced the city to lower its passing score to allow for more minorities into the hiring pool as part of a federal discrimination lawsuit the city settled in 2009.

Those scores are no longer relevant and all candidates are now on equal footing. The oral exam will consist of five situation-based questions asked by an expert panel and last 30 minutes per candidate.

Only those who passed the written exams are allowed to take the oral exam.

Actually, the headline is kind of misleading. They’re taking EVERYONE who passed now, not just the cream of the crop, score-wise, and throwing them all into this interview process. There will surely be some people who shine in an oral exam situation who do poorly otherwise. There always are, and it’s not exclusively a “minority” thing. Some folks are outstanding in their fields and knowlege, but just lousy test takers.

What an interesting experiment.

7 Responses to “Better Hope Your Local Cop/Fireman Keeps His GPS Battery Charged”

  1. major dad says:

    Police exams aren’t exactly physics tests. Dumb it down, that’s the way to get those numbers you want.

  2. mojo says:

    If by “interesting” you somehow mean “stupid”…

  3. major dad says:

    Exactly mojo.

  4. JeffS says:

    Yeah, that’s what people want! Why bother with hiring the best and the brightest to protect ’em?

  5. Gunslinger says:

    Why bother hiring police at all? Just deputize all the criminals in Dayton and call it a day.

    Then run like hell for Pennsylvania.

  6. major dad says:

    Oral exam: Please answer to the best of your ability. What is your name? What color is the sky? Boxers or briefs? Poor Dayton…

  7. JeffS says:

    Guns, at least Ohio has right-to-carry laws on the books.

    If I lived in Dayton, I’d be taking professional firearms training, and start carrying serious firepower.

    Oh, and see about fireproofing my home.

    Hopefully their emergency medical services is immune from this insanity. I’d hate to defibrillate myself.

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