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Only 11.7 percent of Baltimore police officers pass latest sergeant exam, leaving department short

Only 11.7 percent of Baltimore police officers pass latest sergeant exam, leaving department short

When the list of new Baltimore Police sergeants is released at the end of the month, it will be far shorter than in the past.

Only 32 of the 273 officers who took the sergeant’s test passed, according to the city’s Department of Human Resources, which oversees the exam.

The passing rate of 11.7 percent is far lower than the last three sergeant exams, which have been given every two years. The passing rate was over 60 percent in 2016 and 50 percent in 2012 and 2014.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Lt. Gene Ryan, outgoing president of the city’s police union. “It’s a serious problem.”

James Bentley, a spokesman for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, said in an email...

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