Monday, February 12, 2018
Dallas Throws Out Sergeant Promotion Exam
Hat Tip: Second City Cop
The following article appeared in PoliceMag.com on February 7th
Dallas police officers who took a rigorous exam last year for a shot at being promoted to sergeant will have to try again later, officials said Tuesday.
The integrity of the test had been questioned after a police major who helped shape the exam also coached clients through a test-prep business, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Police Maj. LaToya Porter, who runs a test-prep business to help officers prepare for the sergeant exam, has been under investigation.
She's accused of adverse conduct, creating a conflict of interest, and interfering with the integrity of an administrative investigation and giving misleading and conflicting statements during an internal affairs investigation, Lt. Mike Igo told the Dallas Civil Service Board. Igo oversaw the investigation.
Porter's attorney has said she did not give her clients an advantage over other officers taking the sergeant test.
She remained on administrative leave Tuesday, and police said the internal affairs investigation tied to her remains open.
The civil service board, an independent board through the city, agreed Tuesday that police should void the results from the "unfair" November exam and offer another exam for officers vying for the sergeant rank.
Results from the written test will remain intact, police said.
In the meantime, the promotional process for other positions remains on hold for officers.
Ed. A very, very similar situation occurred in Chicago where good friends, important people and various mistresses did quite nicely on an exam administered by the police department. Of course, there was no investigation launched in that corrupt town.