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‘Whole picture’ to be weighed in Seattle police hiring

Seattle Times: Past gang membership, tattoos and a record of driving while intoxicated will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in screening applicants for the Seattle Police Department under new policies designed to boost diversity on the force and hire officers who reflect the makeup of the community.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to smooth out those bumps in the road,” Assistant Police Chief Dick Reed said at a news conference at the social-justice organization El Centro de la Raza as the city unveiled changes in minimum hiring standards.
Mayor Mike McGinn said the new approach grew out of the city’s “20/20” police-reform plan adopted last year, calling for 20 initiatives over 20 months, and is designed to lift technicalities in the hiring process.
The reform plan was adopted last year after a U.S. Department of Justice finding that Seattle’s police officers have too often resorted to excessive force and displayed troubling, if inconclusive, evidence of biased policing. The city later entered into a settle agreement with the Justice Department to address the issues.
The city expects to hire more than 300 officers in the next five years to fill positions created by retirements, including 85 to be hired this year.   A new round of testing is to be held July 13, with enrollment having opened on Monday. As part of the changes, the city will no longer require a $25 application fee, which was seen as a barrier.
One goal is to attract applicants through community-based organizations such as El Centro, the Atlantic Street Center and Filipino Community of Seattle, along with career-promotion efforts in Seattle’s community colleges.
Workshops, including one  which was to be held at Filipino Community on Monday night, will be advertised on the Police Department’s new recruitment website at seattlepolicejobs.com. New materials to advertise career opportunities and recruit applicants also will be used, shaped by suggestions from the community.
With the hope of attracting more Seattle residents, McGinn said the department wants the “broadest possible pool” of qualified applicants who demonstrate integrity and reflect the city’s values. But the city will not set quotas, he said. Felony and domestic-violence convictions will continue to be automatic disqualifiers, Reed said.
But misdemeanor convictions and past misconduct will be evaluated on an individual basis under background checks that, overall, will examine challenges which applicants might have faced, lessons they have learned and changes they have made in their lives.
“We’ll evaluate the whole picture,” Reed said, explaining that the department may consider what occurred years ago differently from more recent conduct. In addition, the marijuana-use policy has been revised to require that new hires have not used pot in the past year rather than fewer than 25 times overall.
The department also is eliminating some language regarding applicants’ driving records that might have disqualified some.
Visible tattoos already are allowed for officers working on the force, and confusing language in application papers regarding their acceptance has been removed, Reed said. Tattoos will now be reviewed case by case, along with marks from deliberate scarifying, and the department will eliminate a policy restricting dental ornamentation.
Recent statistics show the Police Department has 86 percent male officers, compared with a Seattle population 50 percent female; 75.3 percent white officers compared with a 69.5 percent white population; 8.6 African-American officers compared with 8.0 percent; 5.1 Hispanic officers compared with 6.6 percent; 8.5 percent Asian/Pacific Islander officers compared with 14.2 percent; and 2.3 percent Native-American officers compared with 0.8 percent.
Tony Benjamin, representing Atlantic Street Center, a nonprofit social-service agency that helps families and communities to raise healthy, successful children and youth, said he sees the plan as a way to promote a great career opportunity and a safer community for all.
Kip Tokuda, a community activist and former state legislator hired by the city to study police hiring, said he identified barriers to recruitment, which has prompted the department to adopt specific changes. Among his recommendations was to build partnerships with various communities and establish relationships at Seattle’s community colleges, Tokuda said. More diversity will lead to a more effective department, Tokuda said.
The general idea, he said, is to make hiring “more welcoming than in the past.”
Ah, the good old “diversity” as a hiring requirement. Too bad competence and law-abiding isn’t among those criteria as well.

h/t Anon

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0 responses to “What could go wrong?

  1. Is Kip the long lost brother of another ” community activist ” that’s currently degrading the W.H. as we type , post and blog?
    Regarding the 12th para. …….If a “cop” stops you that even slightly resembles the debris described in said para . , as soon as he comes up to your door and ” smiles ” , inform him you are driving to the nearest police sta. because you do NOT feel safe in his presence . (Especially the ladies). If he don’t like it , tough shiot . Certainly he can’t accuse you of running from the law when you tell him you’re going to the nearest police station .
    Love to see that court case .

    • Oh Japoa,
      Your comment reminded me of a time I was driving back to college and this cop stopped me. He looked at my drivers license, smiled evilly at me and said I was pretty. I was almost in a panic as this was a lonely stretch of road to my dorm room and it was getting dark fast! I silently began to pray. He let me go but I believe it was because of God’s grace that I was not hurt!
      We should all be so very careful!

      • It’s slowly / very rapidly getting to the point where you can’ trust ANYBODY out on ” the street ” . Especially when these so-called “peace officers ” are going to start looking like the scum you sh#$t first and ask questions later .
        As the old saying goes ; ” I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried out by
        My sympathies go out to you having to deal with a s.o.b.like that . He’ll get his , if not in this life …………………………………….

  2. Note to self: scratch that trip to Seattle, and visit Napa Valley instead.

  3. You may want to stay away from Napa Valley , home of Bohemian Grove .

    • Good point. Vancouver is nice this time of year…

      • try the gun range, I always feel better after that. Not that I own or shoot any I’m just saying…hello…is this thing on? testing…testing….123
        But just Watching law abiding citizens using their second amendment make me proud,
        If you’re reading…..I don’t really and they are all law breakers, especially them 80 yr old tea party grannies.. Got that…good.
        My name is steve and you can now remove me from any list I may have been mistakenly put on 🙄

  4. You’d better believe intelligent, white males will have a harder time qualifying than anyone else…

  5. Another not-so-positive result of diversity and affirmative action in public service… (it’s more scary than it is comical!):

  6. Seattle, another part of The Gigantic Left Wing Freak Show!

  7. diversity the biggest racist lie ever created. if diversity is so damn important diversify the body bags coming back from our various overseas encounters. an example when the chinook helicopter carrying some members from seal team 6 was shot down in the photo of the men on board that were killed not one was black. in american history combat fatalities blacks account for less then 2 % stats provided from my local american legion post and used to be available online at the dod website so lets diversify lets start sending our dental techs, typists and cooks into combat

  8. “2.3 percent Native-American officers compared with 0.8 percent” in the population? How dat happen? Even the African-American balance is much more nearly correct….


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