The city needs more officers and had determined the most qualified under the prior test. However, the Obama Administration rejected the results due to the low number of minorities among the finalists.
The Obama Administration has insisted that police officers be selected even though they get only 58% of the questions on one part of the exam correct and 63% on another part of the exam. (That is down from 66% and 72% respectively). Getting almost half of a key section of the exam wrong should be a bar to any candidate regardless of race.
What concerns me is that there is no report of the test being challenged as racially determinative in the actual questions. Instead, the Administration is simply forcing a lowering of standards across the board.
Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane criticized the action as creating a “safety issue for the people of our community” and the acceptance of “incompetent” officers. Notably, Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward also object that “the NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed . . . If you lower the score for any group of people, you’re not getting the best qualified people for the job.”
Source: Dayton News found on Reddit