Black Lives Matters portrays cops as vicious murderers who will shoot down black thugs on a whim. They have incited many blacks to unprovoked attacks on cops in patrol cars killing several honerable officers. As more and more white candidates shy away from becoming cops, the ranks are getting filled with blacks and hispanics. But there is a problem. Many have police records, were heroin addicts, or gang members. Many are not smart enough to pass written tests. What to do? Change the rules and let them in anyways.
But now, faced with thousands of vacancies, a shortage of applicants and a mandate to become as diverse as the communities they serve, police departments are rethinking requirements once considered untouchable.
New Orleans no longer automatically disqualifies those who have injected heroin or smoked crack. Aurora, Colo., has stopped using military-style running tests, but now checks how quickly candidates can get out of a squad car.
Pittsburgh, accused of discriminating against black applicants, recently updated its hiring criteria to include integrity, dependability and “cultural competence,” or the ability to incorporate diverse perspectives.
John Lozoya, a senior commander with the St. Paul Police Department, said law enforcement now has little choice but to “modernize”.
“In the past, recruitment has been based on a 1950s model: six feet tall, right out of the military,” he said. “But as we’ve evolved as a society, we realize we’re not like that. We had to look at our hiring practices. We had to adapt.”