Systemic Oppression in Law Enforcement

Posted by Ms. K - July 15, 2016

As I sit here at my computer desk deciding on how I want to start my blog today I have good Oprah Winferyand bad feelings about what I am writing about today. Good feelings because I am going to talk about my conversation with the union of the agency I work for ( I will not be disclosing which agency) and bad because I know people are not ready to be honest.

Yesterday, I sat down with the union president and another representative in regards to how I am being treated within the agency, training and so forth. They are great people and I do not believe they are part of the problem they want to see everyone be treated fairly, but they do not want to admit that this agency has systemic oppression issues. I have friends that know where I work and they have looked up my agency and told me well you know why you are having those issues right, didn’t you see who is being represented throughout their agency? I told them yes, being discriminated against never crossed my mind, I had relocated back to this state and was ready to get back to my first love, Law Enforcement.

I advised them of the fact out of 470,000 in law enforcement only 12 percent are black. The president disagreed with this agency having a problem but could not provide numbers or any other information to prove other wise. This meeting was not about pointing fingers we had an honest conversation that led to the same conclusion, denial of systemic oppression, and NOT how do we change the perception of this agency or how do we connect with all applicants?

He continued to refer me back to the sheriff to answer my questions as he doesn’t have anything to do with how the agency hire or select applicants. I took him up on his suggestion and scheduled a meeting with the sheriff.

They posed a question to me and said do you know how many black (African American) applicants have applied? I said no, but the Lieutenant came to me and another recruit who is not black or minority and asked “how did you guys find this position we only use the county website to list positions we are trying to think of other ways” we both advised the lieutenant on how we located the position, therefore this means you aren’t reaching out to all demographics, the table was quiet! How long has this agency been here? Over 30 years, just saying.

Empowering People for Success! This is my goal and if I can sit down with whomever and be able to make a small dent in how this can be changed over time that is what I am for. I live and breathe Law Enforcement and want everyone that want to be in Law Enforcement to feel the love, family, and trust because that is what being in Law Enforcement is about being ONE!

I am writing today to say let’s sit down and be candid, drop the political hat, whose right and whose wrong and go with how do we move forward? My frustration with all this is don’t dismiss a person when they are bringing an issue to the table, follow proper channels and allow the system to determine if it is valid or not, train supervision on how to properly manage employees.

Meeting with the sheriff in a couple of weeks to be continued………..

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