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VThe Chicago Police Department is seriously considering scrapping the police entrance exam, sources tell Fran Spielman.
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.
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 effort. Source
Originally posted by endisnighe
I always wondered if no child left behind and affirmative actions was not to help advance anything but if it was to hold EVERYONE back to the weakest link in the chain.
If a person cant pass the test that's one thing. You can't pass you can't pass. Study up and try again.
To make the claim that you can't pass because you're not white is insane.
Admission of inferiority? Maybe the test is biased, so what if the test is biased, you can't learn something new and really stick it to them?
Besides, it's not like there are whites only schools and blacks only schools. Not until you get to college anyway.
To accept a position you know they had to throw out all standards for to make you qualify would be, to me, one of the most humiliating and embarrassing things I could imagine. Will applicants flock now knowing "hey, the PD will hire any old moron" ?
Whenever a group, individual or organization rises above the lowest common denominator it seems government is right there to push them down or artificially push the LCD up into the realm effectively watering it down right back to LCD status.
However, my question as it pertains to this case is are they hurting because they are at a loss when it comes to officer count (as stated in the article), due to minorities not being highly ranked/promoted within the force (stated in the article) or AA?
What is happening is alot of blacks are not being hired. They are not being hired mostly because they can not pass the entrance exam.
Originally posted by cenpuppie
There is a cultural bias with some tests (like the SAT), but since i haven't seen or taken the entrance exam i'm not going to comment.
The CPD is currently operating at 2,000 officers-a-day short of its authorized strength. Police hired only 46 officers this year, with plans to hire less than 100 next year -- and those hirings rely on federal funds.
Originally posted by spiritualzombie
I used to think Affirmative Action was a bad idea. After the election of Obama, seeing how much racism has risen to the surface since that event, I may have changed my mind. Maybe Affirmative Action is a good thing.
I know there are a lot of reasons people don't like Obama... but I do find it interesting that the people that love to hate the Kenyan Socialist, also have a problem with Affirmative Action.
Do you have an example of this? I hear it often but I havent seen any proof.
I can understand cultural bias when a guy from New Jersey is supposed to take a test in Japan but not when two people from Camden are supposed to take a test from Trenton.