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BPD trying to correct "irregularities" found in promotional process

Commissioner wants exam results tossed
Posted at 3:01 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:31:12-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police Department's Public Integrity Bureau reports there were irregularities in its oral interviewing process for officers looking to get promoted to the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant.

Based off findings by the City Inspector General, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has requested the Department of Human Resources throw out the results and start that part of the process over again.

In the meantime, Harrison wants expiration dates on the current promotional lists to be extended. Those lists can last anywhere from a year or two.

"BPD leadership strongly believes that integrity is vital in all aspects of policing including the promotional process and the citizens of Baltimore and the members of this department should expect nothing less," the department said in a statement.

Specifics of the irregularities are unclear at this point.

The promotional process within the department is split-up in two parts.

First candidates are required to take and pass a written test before moving on to interviews.

Typically a three-person panel from outside jurisdictions, interviews the candidates on specific scenarios they could potentially face as a supervisor.

Once both steps are completed, the applicants are ranked and graded based on their performance.

Normally the oral interviews weigh heavier than that of the written.

The process is only for those officers under the civil service ranks of lieutenant and below. Captains and above are appointed by the Commissioner.