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Recruits at Honolulu’s police academy who are learning the fundamentals of law enforcement are now taking open-book tests to qualify them to become police officers.

The city’s police school Ke Kula Makai Academy made the transition this past summer, Michelle Yu, an HPD spokeswoman, wrote in an email to Civil Beat

“The change was made to put more emphasis on comprehension and critical thinking and less on rote and recall,” Yu said.

The move is causing concern among some current and former police officers.

“How much easier can you make it?” said Dee Ann Koanui, a former Honolulu training sergeant. “You might as well hand out the badges.”

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