The NYPD’s sergeants exam appears to have been tainted by fraud, with those who took the test on day one leaking information to test-takers on day two, sources told the Post.
About 12,000 police officers took part in the grueling, 4 1/2-hour, four-session exam on Wednesday and Thursday at the Javits Center. It was the first time it had been repeated since 2017.
After officials left Wednesday’s first session, some began sending out the questions and answers through messaging groups, according to an official who took the exam.
Screenshots of the messages show some with only general test topics like “active shooter procedures” and “religious headgear”.
However, other texts offered more help, including “Supported question – answer is homeless”.
“This is pure corruption to the core,” said the officer, noting that people “work their asses off” for a chance at a promotion to sergeant, which comes with a minimum salary of $96,017. about $10,000 more than police officers earn after 5 1/2 years on the job.
When officers compared notes, it was apparent that the multiple-choice exams were very similar across the four sessions, with perhaps only the answers rearranged, according to the officer.
“The people on the second day had a big advantage,” said the officer.
Mike Yanosik, a retired NYPD assistant inspector who runs test prep service Elite Strategic Training, said he was stunned that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services would be taking a nearly identical 100-question exam on two different days.
“That’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard,” he said, noting that students spent seven months on his courses to prepare.
Another test prep service called The Key sent a message to test-takers stating that DCAS had “provided another unacceptable exam that was poorly written, messy, and inconsistently administered, giving some test-takers an unfair advantage.”
According to DCAS, different questions were used for the Wednesday and Thursday tests.
“The city has zero tolerance for cheating on public service exams. Allegations of fraud will be thoroughly investigated and those who engage in wrongdoing will be held accountable. City employees who disclose the contents of a civil service exam could be fired and even prosecuted,” a DCAS spokesman said.
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