08/24/2010

Chicago is running out of would-be cops

A call to get rid of the entrance exam has drawn controversy

By Fran Spielman and Frank Main
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — A new class of 120 Chicago Police recruits will start six months of training Sept. 1, honoring Mayor Daley's promise to hire more officers — but depleting the city's hiring list.

The city, which offered the last police entrance exam in 2006, is at a crossroad. The city could give a new exam but would have to wait months to award a testing contract, then develop, administer and grade it. Or the city could scrap the test in favor of an application-only process.

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