Monday, April 25, 2011

Zorroy Deigns to Visit

Our old friend Zorry, whom speaking personally, I've missed tremendously around here, has deigned to drop us a comment on an old post.

Zorroy, You're gonna have to modernize your links. That one which you've been touting lately is almost a generation old. For all the good that information does us, the New London cops might all be geniuses now.

I decided a while ago that my time can be better spent than watching the forcible citizen disarmament circle-jerk that this site has become, but you wanted an update.

The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.

It's a move required by the U.S. 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 D.O.J. 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 D.O.J. 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’.

Gotta love political correctness, doncha? Just as it's now politically incorrect to refer to someone as "mentally retarded," so we have to call them "progressive," now it's apparently "racist" to demand that cops be smarter than owl shit, and the dumb-as-owl-shit standard is to be mandated by the federal government.

Attorney General Eric Holder needs a Handicapper General working under him, though. Where's Diana Moon Glampers when you need her?
Is Zorroy as fun to read as ever? I found him so. What obout this evidence that the police departments are lowering their standards? Do you see that as a problem? I certainly do.

Please leave a comment.


  1. Simple test scores have no bearing on qualifications without some sort of comparative standard. I once took a college zoology final where there were 140 stations. It had been the standard University exam since the 1950's. I got a 52% which curved out to a very high b+. One person got a 78. No one else got over 60. So as you can see, there are times where a score total can be misleading.

    Saying a 60 must be an "f" is not always true. Has anyone gotten 100? Who were they and what is there experience? Are we competing former military MPs against juco grads in police studies? Context is everything

  2. P is right to a certain extent; what's missing is any correlation between high police scores and being an effective cop.

    Still, Zero's 'point' is silly: he seems to be saying some folks shouldn't be cops because they can't pass some test. Yet, he's all for giving *anyone* a firearm, without any qualification.

  3. Do you know what is even more ironic about Zeroy complaining about the cops getting low test scores. Cops, overwhelmingly in my experience, are not LIBERAL. They vote for the guys that he likes, the guys who think any kind of regulation = confiscation.

    I've known a bunch of cops in my life and they are pretty much the same as everyone else, except for their desire to be authority figures.

    One thing I find interesting is that most cops I've known, once they've been rollin' the streets for a few years do not see every confrontation as a "life or death" situation and don't look to their sidearm as the only tool with which to work. Funny, that.

  4. I think we need higher standards for cops along with better psych screening. After being hired, they need better training and continued psych monitoring.

  5. Mikeb302000:

    I am in agreement with your last comment. Cops do a job for which they are often woefully undertrained. Not the headbusting, traffic directing, occassional use of "deadly force" to assist various perpsons in making the correct decision to cower and kowtow to superior authority. No, they got those down.

    It's the little things, like recognizing when someone might be in a pre-diabetic coma state, disoriented due to severe trauma, temporarily non-compos mentis due to grief, off their meds, deaf or non-english speaking. Y'know, the little stuff that leads to bigger stuff, like body counts.

    I know cops, some good, some bad, a few at both extremes of the spectrum. The good ones know that a gun and badge are NOT authority, but symbols of authority. Authority comes from integrity, competence and moral suasion.

  6. Wasn’t the New London situation that they were actually denying applicants for being too smart? That is a big step from just lowering the acceptance bar.

  7. I'm afraid you're right TS. In some places it's going in the wrong direction, not unlike gun control.