Pope on LPD lawsuit: 'We didn't compromise anything'

Pope on LPD lawsuit: 'We didn't compromise anything'

The Justice Department accused the city of not enforcing a part of the civil rights act in 2014. The case has been dismissed after the city met all the federal demands. 

Since then, the department has revised both examinations. The written portion includes a personality component and the physical section has different standards for women to meet than men. It has three components; bench press, run agility, and the mile and a half.

"I think the good news is we didn't compromise anything as it pertains to people we recruit at LPD," Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said.  "I think we've made progress in a police force that is more representative of our city."

Both sides agreed the city satisfied it's obligations to adopt and use new, lawful selection devices to hire probationary police offices. As part of the settlement, the city invited eligible claimants to participate in the city's selection process. They took the exam January 12th. 

Of the two who took the test, one passed and then withdrew their name from the selection process. The city doesn't have any more claimants, so the consent decree has dissolved. The dismissal mentions the city also paid some eligible claimants some monetary rewards, but doesn't state how much or how many. 

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