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Two-time applicant and former interim chief gives insight into what is on the police chief exam

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BATON ROUGE - With 23 names in the mix, former interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam says the test will likely weed out a few applicants.

Thursdays test-takers included current media spokesperson Lt. Ljean Mckneely, Deputy Chief Myron Daniels, and a handful of people not currently in the department.

They will have two and a half hours to answer 120 multiple choice questions.

"They're usually about police supervision, management techniques, there are some budgeting questions as well as communication questions -- dealing with the media, and some other managerial type questions," said Dunnam.

Because Baton Rouge is a larger metropolitan area, the test doesn't stop there. Applicants will then have to show they can handle the job.

"They'll get a packet that has the scenario basically saying that they are the new chief for 'Anytown, USA'," Dunnam said. "There will be a relevant issue that's related to law enforcement that they will have to work through. They are given a mythical budget."

Dunnam says the scenarios can be anything including community-relations or minority hiring.

"They write down what they're going to say," Dunnam said. "They'll have about three minutes. They'll take them into another room with a video camera and they will present to a mythical city council"

Those videos are then reviewed one by one by members of the state examiners board, and applicants need a 75 percent or greater to pass.

Because of the number of test-takers, it may take up to 6 weeks for the tests to be graded. The state board will accept the scores at its October 23rd meeting.

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