10 Philadelphia recruits resign after cheating scandal

The recruits resigned last week after they admitted to trying to cheat on an open-book test


Chris Palmer
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA  — Ten Philadelphia police recruits resigned last week after they admitted to trying to cheat on an open-book test, a department spokesperson said Monday.

Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said that in early June, the day before a test on vehicle-code law, one member of a platoon of recruits discovered another trying to distribute some type of answer key to his classmates. Kinebrew did not identify any of the aspiring cops, but said the recruit who noticed the activity reported it to a supervisor.

An investigation was launched, Kinebrew said, and 10 platoon members confessed to accepting the illicit help. Each resigned last week, Kinebrew said.

The captain added that recruits during the test — one of many administered during a nine-month training period at the Police Academy in Northeast Philadelphia — were allowed to use certain approved materials to look up the answers.

“If you didn’t study,” Kinebrew said, "it’d just take you longer to find them.”

Before the recruits resigned, he said, the academy class had 53 members scheduled to graduate at the end of September.

Last week, the Police Department benched 72 officers while investigating scores of racist or offensive Facebook posts allegedly made by cops.

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