October 9, 2010 by staff
Police Academy, The head of the police academy in Rio Hondo College said Friday the breach of security tests that led to the suspension of the academy was a questionable study guide an instructor brought to its attention.
According to an e-mail sent Friday to all college staff, Dean of Public Safety Joseph Santoro – former police chief of Monrovia – expressed concern over the heads of colleges repeatedly refused to specify the violation test was not discovered by state investigators, but self-reported by Professor Leslie Kelly.
“It showed exactly what we teach our cadets and expect of them when they see something that is false, no matter the consequences,” Santoro wrote in the e-mail.
On Monday, the California Commission on Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) has suspended classes at the academy – also known as the Rio Hondo Regional Training Center – until further notice pending investigating a breach of security testing.
But officials of colleges and POST refused to disclose further details, saying only that there were no allegations of cheating, but that the test material was compromised.
However, in his e-mail, Santoro describes the circumstances of the offense.
Santoro said a cadet approached Kelly with a study guide with sample questions that the cadet had thought wrong information.
During the review, Kelly said he saw some examples of questions were identical to the official test questions developed by the POST, if it were immediately reported to the coordinator of the academy and Santoro.
“We immediately alerted the POST potential breach of test security,” Santoro wrote. “The academy police immediately launched a preliminary investigation into the use of study guide and test questions.
“The Academy has and will continue to assist representatives POST fully with the investigation,” he writes.
Santoro could not be reached by telephone Friday for comment.
But the board, following a special meeting Friday, 16 hours, has issued an official statement by congratulating the staff of the academy for his role in “identifying and reporting the discovery of the compromise of questions examination POST.
“Students are our primary concern, and we make every effort to support them … in consulting, financial assistance and services to veterans, “the Council’s statement read.
“We expect to continue cooperation with the POST because it makes the investigation, and we look forward to a speedy resolution.”
College Administration of Justice program is the largest college program, based in California, officials said, and trains police officers for some 40 countries.
The suspension affects not only the current class of 122 cadets, but another incoming class was set to start the academy later this month.
But despite this “difficult time” for the academy, Santoro wrote in his e-mail “the rapid response to this situation is a perfect example of what I expect of our cadets and staff – all the time without exception -. “
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