[IPAC-List] Where to recruit black applicants for police officer?

Glen Morry Glen.Morry at rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Wed Jun 5 11:25:33 EDT 2019

Many police services are currently challenged with finding suitable applicants who will help them to be more reflective of the communities they serve - whether it is "black" applicants, or women, or hispanics, or southeast Asians, or indigenous people, or whoever. To be frank, the question shouldn't so much be "where do we find them" (they're everywhere) but rather "why don't they want to work for police services?"  
Some ethnic / religious / cultural / demographic communities are mistrustful of police, because of the way they have historically been treated by police, or they don't see police work as being a suitable "profession" for them, or they see a very dangerous and physically- and emotionally-challenging job in a traditionally male-dominated paramilitary organization and are put off by that. Still others see the police services' efforts to pull in a few visible minorities as tokenism. The challenge for police services is to overcome these misperceptions - and one way to do that (apart from actually starting to prove them wrong) is to begin to recruit "earlier" - i.e., target high school and college students who still haven't made up their minds on a career and educate them on the rewards of becoming a police officer, including the wide range of opportunities that exist for careers in policing, and concurrently, start to implement more inclusive workplace practices and remove barriers for minority applicants (for example, is the entrance exam culturally biased?). 
All this to say, that even if you do find concentrations of the desired applicants on campuses, in sports leagues, in religious organizations, working in McJobs they'd like to get out of... etc. you still have to convince them that policing is the right choice for them!    
Glen Morry, MASc
Planning, Performance 
Management & Reporting
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
>>> Joel Wiesen <jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com> 2019/06/04 10:05 AM >>>
Where (geographic locations, websites, media, etc.) might one recruit 
black candidates for police officer - particularly candidates likely to 
do well on the entrance exam?

Joel P. Wiesen, Ph.D., Director
Applied Personnel Research
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