Skip to comments.Feds Order Law Enforcement Agencies to Ignore Drug Use, Criminal Records to Hire Minorities
Posted on 11/02/2016 11:25:47 AM PDT by jazusamo
In a push to hire minority police officers, the Obama administration is asking the nations 18,000 law enforcement agencies to forgive drug use, disregard the criminal records of candidates from underrepresented communities and lower standards on written and physical exams. Its part of the administrations Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement initiative following a string of officer-involved shootings involving African Americans. Key to the mission is the racial diversification of local law enforcement agencies so that they better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
To accomplish this, several barriers must be removed and the details are outlined in a report issued jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nations workplace discrimination laws. The document aims to help carry out the recommendations of President Obamas Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Chief among them is identifying barriers that undermine diversity in law enforcement in three key areas; recruitment, hiring and retention. To eliminate the largest barriers agencies are adopting a holistic view of applicants skills and strengths by, among other things, ignoring their criminal record. Heres an excerpt from the report: Certain barriers including background investigations that treat all arrests and criminal convictions alike regardless of type of offense or how recent the occurrence, or even screen out those voluntarily admitting to drug use alone (without any conviction) can prevent the agency from hiring the diverse officers it needs to connect with and serve the entire community.
To further discourage law enforcement agencies from eliminating candidates with criminal pasts, the report states that an employers use of criminal background information can violate either the intentional or disparate impact provisions of Title VII, depending on how that information is used. This refers to the section of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The argument here is that a disproportionate number of minorities will be eliminated by criminal background checks. The administration concedes that legal challenges claiming that criminal background check policies have unlawful disparate impacts have generally not been successful in court. Credit history checks and psychological evaluations also present discriminatory employment barriers to women and racial minority applicants, the report states.
A police department in Daly City, California is listed as an example of a model law enforcement agency that overlooks the criminal past of job applicants in the name of racially diversifying its workforce. The city, which is located just south of San Francisco, has lots of low-income communities where gang activity, violence and drug trafficking are prevalent. The command staff understands that recruiting and hiring many residents means being open to individuals with complicated pasts, according to the report. From the chiefs perspective, these non-traditional hires have strong connections to the communities in Daly City and are able to move through them in a way that outsiders would find difficult, enhancing the departments ability to do its work effectively.
Besides discounting criminal records and drug use, the administration wants law enforcement agencies to lower standards on written tests because they have been shown to have an adverse impact on racial minority candidates. The presidents task force has determined that certain written tests used as part of entry-level hiring in state and local law enforcement agencies are likely to create an unlawful disparate impact and are not necessary for selecting the most qualified candidates. Reliance on these tests can create an unnecessary barrier to the hiring of qualified racial minority applicants, the report says. Another factor keeping minorities out of policing is the emphasis that some law enforcement agencies have placed on the violent, dangerous nature of the profession, according to the report. The administration wants to change this to promote their role as guardians of the community even as cops get violently ambushed and brutally murdered around the country.
They tried that in DC. It did not work out too well.
Defining deviance down combined with the soft bigotry of low expectations. If conservatives did that, they’d be called racist.
I hope they have the good sense to tell them to f*** off
We have criminals throughout the government may as well have them in the police forces as well. Let’s get this country destroyed ASAP!
Just ignore the Feds.
Callipso Loey does.
Hell, pretty much all Democrats do.
He can’t leave soon enough. Another year and he’d probably require them to recruit from murderous gangs and Mexican drug cartels.
Hey - if it’s OK for drug users to become President, why not force them on companies....
Driving while white will become dangerous.
This is one way to turn law enforcement agencies into criminal gangs.
They want brown Brownshirts
Do white people get the same accommodation?
Off the Wall Ping!
Contact to be added.
Bammy can’t be gone soon enough.
“Reliance on these tests can create an unnecessary barrier to the hiring of qualified racial minority applicants,”
Too funny. how is it they are qualified when they can’t pass the entrance tests?
Yehah, good idea ... /s
Must be from the Dept. of "JUST-US", Community Affairs division; you know, the ones who organized and arainged transport for the demonstrations in Martin vs. Zimmerman !
We just had a 911 operator who ,upon receiving a citizen complaint, notified the drug dealer that police were comming
and then a minute later, she notified the police of the complaint, and they dispatched a car.
Needless to say, the dealer had already left the area.
She got fired, but not prosecuted for obstruction.
There is a reason for doing background investigations !
This is satire, right?
Yeah, officers allegedly going wild and THIS is the answer.
Who took leave of their senses?
There’d be only one thing I’d want changed. Being a genius should not preclude an otherwise qualified candidate being a sworn officer. Currently, yes, there are IQ caps. I don’t know why. The very smartest would just choose to score low if they really wanted in, but they they would not be honest. Why not let in the honest geniuses too.
... then they ...
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