None of the five Milwaukee police officers charged with felonies in the past month received a psychological test and only one was even interviewed by the department before going onto a hiring list, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. A hiring system that attempts to eliminate subjectivity prevents any one person from seeing a police applicant’s entire file.
The Fire and Police Commission, which hires the city’s officers, hasn’t even attempted to assess whether the system – borne of 30 years of litigation over racial bias – is effective.
The commission didn’t orally interview applicants from 1997 through 1999. It didn’t begin giving officer candidates psychological tests until 2000, more than two decades after they were adopted by many other departments, according to experts on police hiring.