So few minorities can pass the Chicago police department entrance exam that the only option the city can see is dropping the exam altogether. If this happens, Chicago will be the only major city to not have one. How will eliminating the bar help keep the city and its citizens safer? It won’t. But it is the politically correct thing to do. I can’t help but envision Chicago’s police force someday becoming much like the force in en-domed Chester’s Mill in Stephen King’s latest novel Under the Dome.
Dropping the exam would bolster minority hiring and avert legal battles, according to one source, while others confirm that the exam could be scrapped to open the process to as many people as possible.
However, the lack of an exam would make Chicago the lone major city without one, and experts contend that the exam is integral to eliminating unqualified applicants.
The CPD has tried in recent years to boost minority hiring by offering the police exam online and turning to minority clergy to help in the recruitment effort.
But those efforts have met with frustration. Despite seeing an increase in the number of minority applicants in 2006, the last year the exam was offered, the online component was never launched.
Keep in mind, this is a result of Chicago’s failing public schools. When the system pushes through kids who haven’t learned even the most basic skills, it results in fewer qualified candidates for the police force.