Dallas police major fired following exam inquiry

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A Dallas police major was fired on Nov. 1 for allegedly providing unethical help – at a price — to officers studying for the sergeant’s exam.

Police Chief Renee Hall terminated Maj. LaToya Porter when a year-long investigation revealed that Porter was using her side business, Rank and File Development Group, to charge officers for test-preparation exams after being privy to the contents of the actual sergeant exams, according to the Dallas Observer.

The department initially contracted with IOS solutions, based in Minnesota, to develop its new exams. Porter allegedly signed on with IOS as a subject matter expert. She then charged officers to take preparatory exams via her side business, the Observer wrote.

“Major Porter had privileged access to all test material,” Police Lt. Mike Igo said at a February meeting of Dallas’ Civil Service Board, as reported by the Observer. “She attended four separate training dates with IOS where they discussed all the dimensions and grading criteria for the sergeant assessment test. … There was open discussion and the subject matter experts had input on [the exam].”

The exam had already been taken by the officers; the department eventually threw out those results.  

WFAA-TV originally broke the news of the department’s investigation into Porter’s alleged conflict of interest.

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