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    Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    After a series of problems that included a police officer using a racial slur, the new police chief in a Tennessee town is trying to clean up his department's image by requiring all applicants to take a polygraph test.
    "I felt that it would help me to select people with good moral character to be police officers," Chief Shane Sullivan told CNN on Saturday. "The town's had enough bad happen to it, and I want to rebuild the department and give them professional law enforcement."
    The polygraph test asks whether the person has ever viewed child pornography or committed a racially motivated crime. It also asks about criminal history, work history or possible drug or alcohol abuse, said Sullivan, who recently took over as police chief in Coopertown, a town of about 4,000 people just north of Nashville.
    Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    This could be the start of something good if other law enforcement agencies decide to follow suit. Too much corruption in law enforcement won't make it possible, but it's still a good idea.
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    Re: Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    The problem is that polygraphs are horrendously inaccurate and unscientific. It'd be far more effective to simply require that on-duty police officers be on-camera at all times, save for undercover work.
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    Re: Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    Polygraph tests are based on junk science.

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    Re: Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    .....I wouldn't base such on Polygraph tests alone. The test can be beat or gotten around on.

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    Re: Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    This isn't new. Many police departments as well as federal law enforcement require polygraphs for new applicants.

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    Re: Police in Tennessee town must take polygraphs

    I agree with the police chief, racists shouldn't be in law enforcement.

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