Public Safety is being put at risk for the sake of political correctness and some perverted sense of 'social justice.' Dayton, Ohio, like many cities in the Rust Belt is hurting from the nagging problem of long-term unemployment. For the past six months,Dayton's unemployment numbers have averaged just over 10%, above the overall statewide average and well above the national average. That would indicate a reasonable pool of potential employees is out there just waiting for a decent opportunity to present itself. Enter, a decent and noble career opportunity in public service. The Dayton Police Force is hiring. Thanks to the retirement of dozens of staffers, Dayton must hire new police officers and so they administered the usual Civil Service Exam to anyone interested in applying for the job. Considering the fact that police officers are going to allowed to carry a loaded gun, and are also charged with resolving disputes and generally keeping the peace, one would hope that the testing would identify the best and brightest among all applicants. The two part test had a cut line to assure that reasonably intelligent people made it through to the Police Academy. If you scored a 66 or higher on part one, and a 72 or higher on part two, you were in. Requiring candidates to squeak by with the numerical equivalent of a 'D' seems to be fair, unless you are the Obama Department of Justice. Both ABC and Fox affiliates have reported that the DOJ was not satisfied with the numbers of African American candidates who failed the test, and so the big brains at Justice did the right thing and ordered the standards lowered. By dropping the standards for the civil service exam, allowing for a failing score to pass, upwards of 250 additional candidates would now be given a passing grade. The Fox affiliate asked their viewers how they felt about the lowered standards. The results are clear. The people have responded with an overwhelmingly clear answer. Lowering standards for cops hurts everyone and it does not correct the problem. The President of Dayton's Fraternal Order of Police, Randy Beane puts into focus what lowering standards means for the cop on the streets and the people they are charged to protect:
“It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation."
Since the DOJ is not listening to the people of Dayton or the cops themselves, perhaps they will listen to the NAACP. Dayton, OH NAACP President Derrick Forward said this:
'The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed.'
Attorney General Holder? Are you listening?