The DOJ Suggests Lowering Standards To Help With Recruiting
Travis Yates is on point here. Lowering hiring standards is not advice police agencies should follow to meet their recruiting needs. Odd — that the same DOJ that seeks to impose consent decrees on police departments across the country also encourages the lowering of hiring standards. Such advice seems to be a good way to boost the for profit consent decree monitoring trade, further federal oversight of local policing, and bolster future civil suits alleging poor police performance.
We are seeing it too often:
Last March, the New York City Police Department, the nation’s largest city police force, made a significant change in their physical abilities training expectations.
At first read, I missed the main point, due to intentional subtleties, but they have eliminated a 1.5 mile run, to be completed within 14 minutes, at the conclusion of the six-month academy to graduate.
For clarity, after being paid to attend 120 days and about 240 hours of physical training and defensive tactics administered by highly trained and well-paid instructors, these new young recruits would not be able to complete what most of my retired friends describe as slightly faster than a brisk walk.
Great article Dr. Yates on the most critical short term and long term issue facing law enforcement nationswide.