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Dallas Police Assoc. claims recruit testing standards are being lowered

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The Dallas Police Association claims a recruit that should have washed out of the academy for failing driving tests over and over got to keep trying until the recruit passed, and that police union claims the problem is systemic.

"It sounds like they're pushing recruits through," said Ron Pinkston, President of the Dallas Police Association.

Pinkston says the command staff at the Dallas Police Department needs to stick to the standards that they put in place, and that training officers for things like high speed chases cannot be shortchanged.

"We should never lower the standards to allow a subpar police officer to get on this police department," said Pinkston.

The Dallas Police Association fired off a letter to the city manager and council, referencing a recent recruit the police union claims failed his driving test four times.

Pinkston says the academy trainers, as per department policy, recommended the recruit be dropped from the academy.

"When that was sent up, it was kicked back by upper management, saying ‘No, you need to remediate him until he passes,' which is a lowering of our standards," said.

According to the letter, the recruit "…was then remediated and eventually passed the police vehicle operations course after multiple additional attempts."

"There's a major safety issue for fellow officers for the citizens of Dallas that somebody that's not proficient at driving an emergency vehicle is out there," said Pinkston.

But Pinkston says standards are being lowered in pistol training exercises, also.

He says that the new recruits are being allowed to try and try, again and again until they pass.

"Our job is to protect and serve the citizens, and when we do things to jeopardize their safety like push recruits through that maybe shouldn't be on the street, that…shouldn't be happening," he said.

Chief Brown sent FOX 4 a message Thursday saying that this is the first he's heard of the letter, and he will review and resolve this in the best interest of the department.

A spokesperson for the city told FOX 4 that the city manager has seen the letter, but will wait for Chief Brown to look into the matter before they respond. 

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