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MD Officers Cleared in Cheating Inquiry

WTOP.com

October 08, 2010

WASHINGTON – An internal investigation by the Prince George’s County Police Department officials has cleared officers of any wrongdoing after it was thought they were involved in a cheating operation at the department’s training academy.

Police Chief Roberto Hylton says the attention of the case is now on an instructor who recorded the test results.

“We don’t know if it’s a software glitch, I don’t know if it’s an intentional issue on the instructor, but the audit will reveal to us what actions need to be taken to make sure this does not happen again,” Hylton says.

On 11 tests, 34 cadets from one training class had a perfect score. On a 12th, all but two scored 100 percent. One cadet got every question right on a test he could not have taken, because he had been dismissed.

Hylton says all officers who scores are in question passed the exams on their own merit.

The suspected cheating was for tests on such basic skills as how to arrest and testify.

WTOP’s Evan Haning and Michelle Basch contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

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