In a perfect world, how would you handle failing minority test scores?
Address educational deficiencies?
Help poorly performing students with tutors and other resources?
Identify systemic problems within the targeted population and work with community leaders to overcome them?
Get real. The teachers' unions, liberal administrators and the federal government are running the show. Simply lower the grades needed to pass the test. Make an "F" a "D" - an easy, instant fix. Soft racism is still racism. Are minorities incapable of obtaining good grades? Of course not, but don't tell the Justice Department that.
DAYTON — The city’s Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.All this will do is increase the amount of work needed to piece together a proper police investigation. Poor sentence construction, the inability to capture the flow of events and draw logical conclusions can make a fairly simple prosecution nearly impossible to follow.
The city lowered both written exams a combined 15 points that resulted in 258 more people passing the exam, according to a statement released Thursday by Civil Service officials. The agreement allows the city to immediately resume its plans to hire police and firefighters.
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.
And from Bill O'Reilly: Dayton's test standards were already lowered in 2008 under President Bush.
If the standards get any lower the only qualifications needed to become a Dayton cop or fireman will be two armpits and a functioning butthole. And the Americans With Disabilities Act may prohibit discrimination for non-functioning buttholes.
A police report is a descriptive narrative; it has a beginning and an end. By time you are through reading it, you're supposed to have a clear idea of what transpired: who did what to whom, how, why, where and when it happened. Even in the more modern departments where reports are filed on line there is still the need for a narrative that can be easily understood.
The devil is in the details; and if the details aren't there, the devil walks out of the station scot free. I have seen hundreds of cases thrown out by judges because of simple errors in accusatory instrument templates where a single element of a crime is omitted. I have listened to criminal prosecutors scream at cops during in-service training sessions because of deficient paperwork that is never corrected.
You don't want cops who have trouble writing a simple report.
Of course there's the other extreme.