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New Haven Police Exam Results Released


Almost a week after police officers and the city of New Haven reached an agreement ending a temporary injunction involving promotion exams, scores from a recent New Haven police sergeant’s exam have been released.

They were released after a Civil Service Commission meeting on Tuesday, according to the New Haven Independent.

Derek Gartner scored highest on the October test, according to results posted online here.

According to the Independent, the approval of the October 2012 results was unanimous and police commissioners will meet with those who scored highest to determine whom to promote.

The spotlight was recently placed on police promotion exams when a group of 10 African-American New Haven police officers announced they were suing, claiming they were passed over for promotion because of their race.

Attorney John Williams, who is representing the group of 10 officers, said the city only held the results of the 2009 test for one year instead of the normal two. That means the officers who passed were only eligible for promotions one year after the test.

He said his case is eerily similar to the Ricci vs. New Haven case where 20 white firefighters sued New Haven and won in the U.S. Supreme Court because the city threw out the results of a promotions exam that city leaders felt wasn't fair to African-American firefighters.


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