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Lawrence Harmon

Boston’s police test

Prospects get dimmer for minority officers

If researchers from MIT can craft a solution to Boston’s decades-old student assignment problem, then it’s time to turn the academics loose on Boston’s second-thorniest problem: How to ensure adequate minority representation on the city’s police force.

Perhaps the professors could convince the city to jettison the Civil Service police exam altogether. The entry level test works OK for measuring basic reading comprehension and reasoning skills. But it doesn’t effectively measure judgment and communication skills.

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