Cheating on DPS exams alleged

An internal investigation of the state Department of Public Safety is seeking to determine if troopers cheated on promotions tests – and who, if anybody, helped.

Promotions tests were given for the positions of master sergeant, lieutenant and captain earlier this month. Internal Affairs officials have begun to administer polygraphs to some of those who took the tests, according to troopers.

Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday the allegations arose late last week. “The results of all the exams have been thrown out, and anyone involved in any improprieties will be severely punished,” he said.

He could not say how many troopers might be involved. “I would simply be guessing,” he said.

Clarion Ledger
8/29/11