Police in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., have launched a investigation to determine whether officers cheated on police academy exams as far back as 2000, reports the Charlotte Observer. Chief Darrel Stephens said some recruits studied questions and answers to 20 of 32 tests before they were administered. He said it was unclear how many recruits had the material, and how many knew they were studying exact test questions.
Some members of recruit classes dating to October 2000 had access to the questions. During that time 279 recruits have gone through the academy. Charlotte-Mecklenburg has about 1,600 sworn officers. “This behavior is entirely in conflict with what we expect from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers,” Stephens said. “It’s a matter that is incredibly damaging even if it turns out only a few people were involved.”
A computer disk containing the test questions surfaced last week when a recruit accused of plagiarism was asked to resign. Stephens said that recruit told supervisors about the disk.
The questions, a combination of multiple choice and true/false, involve stopping cars, conducting interviews, and other basic procedures. Stephens said some of the answers are wrong.