All else failed: UPD now hiring ]\[iggers Spi>< and Chinks!
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#1 Aug 31, 2013
Go bless Williams for growing and trying as hard as he is... you know he's really trying, but you just KNOW the racist scum parasites hiding behind their coward eyes at the UPD are fckn HATIN' this one!
Utica police seek to diversify force
John Nguyen always wanted to become a police officer.
He fell in love with the excitement of chase scenes in the movies, but he also understands the responsibility an officer has to exercise.
His hopes were dashed, however, because he always thought he’d need a college degree to pursue his dream job.
A recent recruitment event for the Utica Police Department at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees put that worry to rest: He only would need a high school diploma or its equivalent by the time he takes the test Nov. 16.
“I really want to help in my community, so I will take the test,” said Nguyen, 23, of Utica.“And I thought the presentation helped a lot.”
The session worked on two levels: to disseminate information about the upcoming tests, but also acting as one of the first official meetings to help connect the area’s minority groups and the diversity-lacking department.
By May 2015, the department might have upwards of 40 vacancies, mostly due to retirements, and Chief Mark Williams said he wants to recruit as many minority officers as qualify.
At Monday’s event, a question was raised: How many Asian officers are on the force?
A pregnant pause lingered before Williams answered,“None.”
“The day I hire one, I’ll certainly be proud,” he said.
Out of 163 sworn personnel, there are 15 officers who identify as part of a minority group, said Sgt. Steve Hauck. There are five officers each from the Latino, Bosnian and African-American communities.
With a city as diverse as Utica, the police force should reflect that for several reasons, Williams said, including helping with calls where language may be an issue and increasing trust in some individuals and communities that may be jaded by negative police interactions.
Right now, the department doesn’t replicate that diversity, said Dietra Harvey, president of a local branch of the NAACP.
“Well, they’re not diverse, and that’s part of the reason why we’re having this type of event,” she said.“We all recognize that.”
The recruiting event has not been the first time the police department and leaders of minority groups have met.
Over the last several years, city employees, police officers, Harvey and members from the Mohawk Valley Latino Association and the refugee center have met to figure out how best to reach out to those communities.
But in the 26 years that Williams has been on the force, he said, there hasn’t been a recruitment effort in the minority communities as strong as this year.
#2 Nov 18, 2013
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