Police Entrance Exam
Chicago will hold its first police entrance exam in four years — attracting upwards of 30,000 applicants, a pivotal step to ease a manpower shortage that has left the department more than 2,300 officers a day short of authorized strength.
[...] Connie Buscemi, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Human Resources, said the Daley administration has asked four firms with so-called “master consulting agreements” to compete for the right to administer a new police entrance exam, the first since 2006.
“The request seeks a vendor who would purchase a pre-existing exam directly from an exam developer, provide exam materials and study guides, staff the exam and administer and grade the exam,” Buscemi said, noting that responses are due by Oct. 8.
But 30,000 applicants? The last time there were even 30,000 test takers was the early 1990's. The last few years the City gave a test, they gave something like 3 tests a year in mid-2000's. The total for all three tests combined was somewhere around 10,000 people. Someone once mentioned that 5,000 failed and even more missed the physical, drug test or just didn't respond to invitations.
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