The process of hiring a new police chief in Shreveport takes another step forward this week. The Civil Service exam is scheduled for Wednesday.

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To be appointed Chief, you must pass the exam each time the job is listed. 75 is the minimum score to qualify for the job. Mayor Adrian Perkins is appointing a citizens committee to review the candidates and make a recommendation on who would be best for the job. The Mayor will then make his recommendation to the City Council.

The exam was previously scheduled for May 31st. These are the people who signed up to take the test at that time:

Sergeant Michael Carter

Lieutenant Janice Dailey

Corporal Jason Frazier

Corporal Marcus Mitchell

Chief Benjamin Raymond

Lieutenant Tedris Smith

Assistant Chief of Police Wayne Smith

Sergeant Kevin Strickland

The other part of this equation is how long Alan Crump will remain on medical leave. He's been on leave since November of last year. Many believed he would retire this summer, but we have not been told if that is going to happen.

There are other criteria for choosing a chief. Here are the guidelines outlined on the Civil Service Board's qualifications list:

MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE QUALIFICATIONS EITHER

Must have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, police administration, business administration, public administration, or other related curriculum and at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement positions, at least two (2) years of which must have been in positions which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities. Law enforcement experience should include work in positions which would provide background in patrol operations, criminal investigations, police training, and related areas of police department operations and management.

OR

Must have an associate degree in criminal justice, police administration, or other related curriculum, or a bachelor's degree in an unrelated curriculum and at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement positions, at least two (2) years of which must have been in positions which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities. Law enforcement experience should include work in positions which would provide background in patrol operations, criminal investigations, police training, and related areas of police department operations and management.

OR

Must have a high school diploma or a valid certificate of equivalency issued by a state department of education and at least twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement positions, at least four (4) years of which must have been in positions which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities. Law enforcement experience should include work SH 02-15-12 PC page 4 of 4 in positions which would provide background in patrol operations, criminal investigations, police training, and related areas of police department operations and management.