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Dayton revises police exam following race bias settlement

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As part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the city of Dayton has revised its police entrance examination.

The DOJ and Dayton had settled a 2009 suit involving allegations that the city discriminated against black applicants who applied for jobs in both the police and fire departments. The revised scoring on the exam in­creases the number of passing applicants from 490 to 758.

The city has promised to begin hiring both police and firefighters to replace retirees in 2012.

Note: If you use employment tests, the onus is on you to ensure they do not inadvertently discriminate against minorities. If test results show a significant disparity between majority and minority candidates, review the test to determine if it is discriminatory.

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