An “F” Is Good Enough!!
In the future when you call a cop in Dayton, Ohio don’t count on him or her being the “cream of the crop” of professionals. It seems that the United States Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, has determined that the passing grade for the written exam to prospective police officers is too high. The DOJ has demanded that the percentage necessary for successfully passing the exam be lowered from 66% on part one of the exam to 58% and from 72% on part two of the exam to 63%. Parents would find these “passing” percentages to be unacceptable for their children (or they should), yet we now have President Obama’s administration ordering that these failing percentages be the passing percentages so that more blacks pass the exams and have an opportunity to continue the selection process to become a police officer for the City of Dayton.
We know how important the police are to the public. After all, since most governments don’t believe in allowing their citizens to protect themselves from harm, people are forced to be defended by the police. Americans have been taught all their lives that the police are responsible for “protecting and serving” the people. Now, an ounce of common sense will tell you that this is propaganda. The police exist to protect government over the people. Decades ago many police departments were considered to be employing a less than stellar core of officers. Many departments (like Los Angeles and Chicago) were corrupt and racist departments. Officers were regularly considered to be stealing drugs and monies from suspects, running their own protection rackets in the neighborhoods they patrolled, falsifying reports and perjuring themselves to obtain convictions, covering-up unjustified homicides, and were known to hand out their own street justice as they saw fit. In short the police departments had more scum than cream and functioned solely to operate as a terror arm of government.
Change was demanded by the citizenry. With the help of Democratic politicians, civil rights leaders, and the courts of the country, cities and departments were – rightly – compelled to clean up the cesspools and institute better hiring standards for prospective police officers. People wanted departments that were more diverse, better trained, not racists, not bigots, not poorly educated, and in short who were a higher caliber professional if they were going to have the authority over citizens to strip them – even temporarily – of their freedom (and their lives in some cases).
Departments evolved. Hiring selection practices were improved. Officer corps became more diverse racially. Training gradually expanded out to today’s academies that run – on average – six months long, improving the training and education of officers. Many cities instituted, over the decades, programs that allowed citizen boards to “review” officer actions when complaints were received (also aiding in the propaganda that departments exist to protect and serve the population) about the officer’s actions in some incident.
All in all law enforcement agencies have undergone great changes over the decades to hire, train and maintain more professional officer corps. The cities and departments operate under a myriad of rules, regulations and court orders in hiring. Dayton, for instance, is under a court decree that the city entered into in 2009 with the Department of Justice over their hiring practices, in which the DOJ felt the city was not hiring enough minorities for the police department. As a part of that decree the DOJ accepted the written tests AND the established pass percentage needed for each part of the test. But why should the DOJ be locked into any agreement when they can change the rules anytime they want? Now the DOJ cries foul and says the City still isn’t hiring enough blacks, so lower the standard to what would be a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ for school children, in order to gain more passing scores for blacks. That’s the answer? How low will the standards have to go? Will we come full circle and end up with police forces the equal of the forces of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s or will American cities end up with departments even worse? But, with what we’ve seen of the Holder led DOJ, should we expect anything else from President Obama and Attorney General Holder?
I guess, since these scores need to be lowered to get more black candidates, the citizenry of the City of Dayton should thank the wonderful unionized teachers of the public school system of Dayton for their determined work in turning out so many educationally challenged individuals? It would seem the teachers are challenged too, unable to even teach children to give them the skills to learn at least a ‘C’ on tests. Yes sir, we should pat those teachers and their unions on the back since they have done such a wonderful job.