Number of African-American Cops Slowly Dwindling in Philadelphia
Slowly? Why so slow? Get a move on.
For several years, the number of new African-American recruits joining the Philadelphia Police Department has been declining, and now some blacks in Philly, who have recently tried and failed to join the department, are starting to wonder if the city is purposefully denying blacks entry to the department.
Probably not. I think it’s similar to Ferguson; blacks just aren’t applying because there are safer jobs elsewhere.
In a city where 44 percent of the population is black, the city’s 6,300-officer police department is only 33 percent black, and that number is declining. This, critics say, means the Philly PD doesn’t “reflect” the community
Considering the fact that felons can’t be cops and 21 is probably is the minimum age to apply for the academy in Philly, and some other enforced standards (see below), considering how high the percentage is of black men that have felony sheets and the low median age of urban black populations, that’s really not a disparity.
In fact, according to the Daily News, the number of African-Americans in the department has been in steady decline since Mayor Michael Nutter took office and appointed Chief Charles Ramsey. This despite that both officials are themselves African-American.
So much for the race conspiracy angle.
Philadelphia NAACP President Rodney Muhammad, for instance, claimed that the “growing absence of diversity is going to produce a big cultural disconnect in this city.”
Actually, I understand Philadelphia the city proper is getting more white and less black in recent years; gentrification at work.
Muhammad went on to claim the “indigenous people of a given community” are not being served by white cops.
That’s one Pandora’s Box you don’t want to open, Sambo.
“When it comes to black and white, too many of our residents begin to feel that they’re in occupied territory rather than being the beneficiaries of what would be good community policing,” Muhammad added. “I’m afraid for our city.”
Correction: Too many of those residents fear that the law will be enforced.
Critics of the dwindling number of black cops say that one or both of the problems may be the college requirement and the psychological test, but authorities in both the mayor’s office and the department say that these requirements won’t be changed.
Remember why there is a college requirement — That is a concession to the civil rights alphabet gang. It used to be the main entry barrier to first responders departments was testing. Except there hasn’t been a test developed yet which both actually measures some substantial ability or knowledge and doesn’t have a disparate impact on NAMs enough to make the Federal judiciary happy. So what happened is that first responders have dropped testing and inserted educational requirements in its place. It’s far from an exact replacement, because there are always ways for incompetent blacks to get college degrees.
Chief Ramsey absolutely insisted that the two requirements were a must. He noted that we shouldn’t tell high school kids that they can get good jobs without college and insisted that it would be an “embarrassment” for the city to lower qualifications just for blacks and Latinos.
Lowering the bar for NAMs is what we do.
And what’s this bit about “we shouldn’t tell high school kids that they can get good jobs without college?” Does this mean that every young person has to have a boat load of debt tied around their ankles just to get a good job?
“Our kids are just as smart as any other group of kids, and are capable of doing the same things that anybody else is capable of doing,” Ramsey said.
Really? Some may disagree.