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Chicago police may scrap entrance exam

Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue said the idea "sounds too stupid to be true"

Editor’s note: Those who support the removal of an entrance exam claim there are good reasons to make that move, like saving money, increasing minority hiring in law enforcement and avoiding litigation. Others think the idea is illogical, dangerous and, as the FOP president put it, "too stupid to be true." What do you think? Smart move or the start of a dangerous precedent? Here’s your chance to be heard — add your comments below.

By Fran Spielman and Frank Main
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is seriously considering scrapping the police entrance exam to bolster minority hiring, save millions on test preparation and avert costly legal battles that have dogged the exam process for decades, City Hall sources said Tuesday.

If the process is opened to everyone who applies and meets education and residency requirements, Chicago would be virtually alone among major cities. Most cities have police entrance exams -- and for good reason, experts say.

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