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July 21, 2010 Poll Results

Is it important to have a diversified police department?

Yes 51% 193 votes
No 48% 182 votes
Total: 375 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


July 23, 2010
8:38 p.m.

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To all you people screaming racism, why are you the ones putting race in the forefront? Shouldn't capability, loyalty, honor, honesty - you know, the things you *can't* see on the outside - come first? Hire by qualification, not skin tone. If a white man is most capable, hire him. If a black man is, hire him. If a woman is more qualified than a man, hire her. Etc, etc, etc. If you have a gun pointed at you, who do you want to come to your rescue: the cop who was hired because he is black, but may not be too good at the job, or a cop who was hired because he is competent, regardless of skin color. This is affirmative action all over again. Affirmative action is demeaning to all sides. It tells qualified white males that they will not get the job no matter how good they are, and it tells blacks, women, and other "minorities" that they may not be good at the job, but, hey, they're a minority, so that's more or less adequate. Gee, there's a morale booster.

July 23, 2010
9:27 p.m.

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Wow. You read a lot into that question. Diversity in the workforce is important. But not at the price of hiring less than the best. We need to be certain that minorities in our community are given equal access to the resources and opportunities that would make them both qualified and eager to apply for the positions. I'd be interested to know if the recent recruits to the force were graduates of diverse high schools, or if they came from more privileged backgrounds.

July 24, 2010
11:01 a.m.

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Workplace diversity should be a naturally occurring result of the best qualified persons chosen to fill a position. Unfortunately, Affirmative Action policies force companies to hire people who are not best qualified in order to create an artificial quota and percentage amongst the workforce. Substituting race or gender for ability not only diminishes the quality of the goods and services that are made available to the customer, it also leads to long-term degradation of quality in any given work field. People should be hired based on their abilities, not their skin color, race or gender, otherwise we're just discriminating against another group of people - those who are best qualified for the job in the first place.

July 26, 2010
11:39 a.m.

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@ mossey: Unfortunately, these poll questions are frequently asked in the most base manner possible, which, of course, leaves no room for grey area. It's not really anyone's fault, it's a flaw in the polling system in general. If I read the question verbatum, then, yes, it is a good thing to have a diversified workplace, no matter what the occupation. However, the grey area comes in when you consider the fact that for the past several decades, affirmative action has come into play. As I have already states, and as floodroad re-iterates, this leads to less qualified individuals often being hired instead of the more qualified, simply because of their race or gender. I am by no means saying a black man is never the most qualified. If they are, they should certainly be hired first. It all boils down to one thing: hiring practices, by law, cannot discriminate based upon race, gender, age, or any other such factor. The sword cuts both ways. Hire by qualification only. Now, if the applicants to the police department have all come from a "privileged background" as you put it, this is not a problem of the police department's hiring policy, but rather a problem that needs to be fixed by encouraging more people from the not-so-privileged backgrounds to apply.

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