The Massachusetts Human Resources division has just sent word to the Mass Chief Association that they have given up on the use of Banding on future exams. Banding was to be used where all test scores would be placed into “Bands” or ranges of test scores where appointing authorities could select anyone within the selected ranges. The results of this would’ve proven disastrous. The over-politicizing of the Police profession would have been the inevitable result with “the last names of Police Officers all matching those of the local Boards of Selectmen” as one Chief stated.
Further explanations will be coming, but its likely because they could not satisfy the parameters in the Injunction filed last year. The turnaround in support by the Massachusetts Chiefs Association also likely contributed heavily to the about face.
In any event, the preserving of the integrity of the Police profession took a step in the right direction with this decision. Those in favor of the Banding of scores would have likely also been in favor of the hiring and firing practices of Tammany Hall as well.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon