Lower the standards if it’s in the name of diversity.


Mayor John Cranley and the Sentinel Police Association want to change testing procedures used to determine promotions in the city’s police department.

“Mayor Cranley is disturbed by the lack of diversity in the police department’s command staff,” reads a prepared statement from the mayor’s office. “Of the three assistant chiefs, none are African-American; and of the 12 police captains, only one is African-American.”

U.S. Census statistics indicate the city of Cincinnati’s population is 49.3 percent Caucasian and 44.8 percent African-American, the statement reads.

A police department should reflect the city it serves to effectively police the community and to develop a good relationship with residents.

“We clearly need some diversity in our command staff to foster trust and cooperation with the community,” Cranley said. “For years, the Sentinels have said the way we test and grade the examination process for promotions is unfair.”

An upcoming vacancy in the captains’ ranks will create an opportunity to add diversity in the command staff of the police department. Last week, Assistant Chief Paul Humphries announced he is leaving later this month for an out-of-state job.

“…. not only will an assistant chief’s position be filled due to a retirement, but presumably a captain’s position will be vacated if a captain is promoted to assistant chief,” the mayor’s statement reads.

The Sentinels say they believe the lack of diversity stems from promotional tests that were written and graded by the command staff. They are calling for a fair test that is “double blind” – written and graded by outsiders, and graded anonymously.

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