To be fair to that department, just because they chose someone else, doesn't mean there was nepotism involved. It actually makes sense to choose a qualified candidate from that community because there is significantly less of a chance he's only using that department as a stepping stone (something they must see from the majority of mass applicants). Same thing with Londonderry, the test was easy so a lot of people crushed it and the PT is pass fail. This is a huge issue in Law enforcement. The problem isn't necessarily the prevalence of nepotism in the hiring process, its the perception of nepotism in the process. Policing is one of those fields that just happens to run in families. If a relative of yours is a cop, at some point in your life, you're going to seriously consider being a cop. Unlike most other fields, a high percentage of candidates come from LE families, which is no wonder a significant amount of new hires have a connection. Also, growing up with that role model, they're also probably more prepared for the process. Definitely not saying "hookups" don't happen, but I feel as if it's the exception, and not the rule.