The Dayton, Ohio, Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits. It's a move required by the US Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam. Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the DoJ rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test. Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two. The DoJ approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That's the equivalent of an 'F' and a 'D'. The lower standards mean 258 more people passed the test. The city won't say how many were minorities.
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