In a post–George Floyd world, fewer white people desire being cops. The problem with this: Standards must then be lowered to accommodate the desire for a more diverse police force (fewer white cops), because with fewer white men being police, the pool for qualified candidates drops precipitously.
Memphis cops charged in Tyre Nichols murder hired after PD relaxed job requirements, by Matthew Sedacca, NY Post, January 28, 2023]:
At least two out of of [sic] five Memphis police officers charged with murder in the fatal beatdown of Tyre Nichols joined the force after the department relaxed its hiring requirements.
Tadarrius Bean and Demetrius Haley both joined the Memphis Police Department in Aug. 2020, NBC News reported, more than two years after the department dramatically loosened the education qualifications to become an officer.
Recruits no longer needed an associate’s degree or 54 college credit hours to join the force, and could get by with five years of work experience, Action 5 reported.
Loosening the required qualifications however means that the department is ultimately getting “less desirable” job candidates, Mike Alcazar, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired NYPD detective, told The Post.
“They’re desperate. They want police officers,” Alcazar said. “They’re going through it, they check off some boxes, saying, ‘Ok, they’re good enough, get them on.”
The department showed signs of struggle with recruiting new police officers, offering $15,000 signing bonuses in 2021 and 2022, Fox 13 reported.
As of Jan. 2022, MPD was down roughly 500 officers, the news outlet reported, citing the Memphis Police Association.
Last year, the department lowered its standards again for new recruits, nixing the timed physical ability test and cutting college education requirements from 54 credit hours to just 24.
The department also revealed that was even offering waivers for people who have been convicted on felony charges.
“Police departments have to take the screening process of candidates to be police officers seriously and not rush to hire officers that might not be qualified,” Alcazar said.
If you are white and live in a majority black city, with a majority black police force, a majority black city council, and a black mayor, it’s probably time you sell your home and find a majority white city for relocation. Because all problems found in this majority black, black-led city, will be blamed on white people.