Po­lice, fire re­cruits quizzed on sex lives

Ap­pli­ca­tion process in Cincin­nati fea­tures sex­ual his­tory queries

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

CINCIN­NATI — Po­lice and fire re­cruits in Cincin­nati are be­ing asked about their sex­ual his­tory as part of an at­tempt to eval­u­ate char­ac­ter, ac­cord­ing to records ob­tained by The Cincin­nati En­quirer.

The po­lice and fire ap­pli­ca­tion process in Cincin­nati in­cludes ques­tions about ap­pli­cants’ most un­usual sex acts and how many times they’ve had sex out­doors.

“Have you par­tic­i­pated in a sex­ual act in a pub­lic place?” Cincin­nati po­lice and fire ap­pli­cants are asked in one ques­tion­naire. “Lo­ca­tion(s) and num­ber of times. … Ex­plain each cir­cum­stance.” Lo­cal po­lice union pres­i­dent Dan Hils told the En­quirer he sup­ports ques­tions that might in­di­cate re­cruits’ “law-break­ing ex­po­sure” but doesn’t see how ques­tions about law­ful, pri­vate mat­ters would be rel­e­vant.

The city said in a state­ment that such in­quiries are a small com­po­nent from a com­pre­hen­sive poly­graph test that is used to “gauge a re­spon­dent’s reactions and re­sponses to dif­fi­cult ques­tions.”

No dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suits have been filed about the ques­tions, but they “cer­tainly raise eye­brows,” said Mary Turocy, di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs for the Ohio Civil Rights Com­mis­sion.

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