2010 Civil Service Promotion Scores Are Out

The scores were recieved on saturday for anyone who took the Oct, 2010 Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captains exams. The results have been described as nothing short of disasterous with the lowest scores and numbers of passers in memory. Those who routinely scored in the 90’s found themselves bitterly disappointed with mid to low 70’s scores. It looks even worse from the perspective of Chiefs and appointing authorities where its not inconceivable that a 80-90% failure rate has happened and entire departments failed the exam. This leaves them with no candidates in some cases to promote. The problem many communities find, is that without candidates to promote, they will lose positions left open for extended periods as communities seek to bridge the budget gap.

What happened though, is that HRD wrote the exam to be tough, and did their job too well as complaints flowed in after the exam from angry test takers. The questions were poorly worded, often times leaving the test taker to interpret what the test was even asking, let alone answer the question.

There is a silver lining in all this. On Tuesday, no doubt the HRD offices will be flooded with angry phone calls from Chiefs across the state left with no options. The result will likely be a much easier exam next October. History shows, that when a difficult exam is given they usually follow it the next year with an easier one; a good example is the 2002 Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain exam. It was a brutal exam (nothing like this past one however) and was followed in 2003 by a easier exam.

We have also been contacted by people who took the exam and are furious at not passing. HRD is standing by the exam and the suggestion to appointing authorities is to make short list appointments while awaiting the results next year. As for those who took the exam, sadly the results are the same. There is not a winnable appeal under Chapter 31 for those who did not pass without some evidence of wrongdoing beyond just writing a ridiculously hard exam. We are in the process of revamping our materials for next year. Hopefully we can help a good number of people achieve different results.

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to RSellon@PoliceLegalPromotions.com
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One Response to 2010 Civil Service Promotion Scores Are Out

  1. Greg says:

    While this was one of the toughest exams I have ever taken, 75.. What is even more disappointing is that in my department which averages in the 90s as exams come around, there us talk that many of those who took the exam WILL NOT even get promoted because of the short list. For those who did survive this test you would think that the Chief’s would say: Geeez, these 10 or 20 percent that passed had to be on their game to get through that mess. These guys should make pretty good choices for supervisors. Lets not diminish what those who did pass did accomplish. Everyone that I know who did pass this exam were among those who REALLY went at it hard. Some like myself started 2 years in advance and spent close to $4000.00 in classes to prep for it. In that vain, promote those ho did pass hell they deserve it….

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