The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Washington DC. That's what is likely to happen, if it ends up having any impact at all.
How very racist.
I came this close to ending the post with "And calls of 'RAAAACIST!!!' in 3, 2, 1 . . ."
I'm kicking myself now for not having done so.
Just as a thought experiment, read the reports on the corruption and ineffectiveness of the DCPD without IMMEDIATELY assuming that every person described therein is black (since they all aren't anyway).
If that is too difficult for you azul, well, there's not much I can do about that.
And the reason I pondered about there being any impact at all is that the CPD is already nearly as corrupt and/or ineffective as the DCPD.
You've got to start reading Second City Cop... http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/
Simply the straight dope on ChiTown...
It is times like these that I wonder WTF I still live anywhere near there - "Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure."
If the process is opened to everyone who applies and meets the minimum education and residency requirements...
...that basically means anyone who wants a gun and body armor can come ask and get issued one, right? And a paycheck into the bargain.
When I read that, I realized it sounded familiar. Wasn't if New Orleans that had already tried that maneuver, with disastrous consequences that they cannot admit to?
The sad thing is that these sorts of entrance exams are descendents of the civil service exams introduced in the 1800s as a way to kill political patronage via the spoils system. Looks like they worked too well.
With me, it all comes back once again to what a government is, and what it does. Government has 3 functions, and 3 functions only: To take people's property, to imprison people, and to kill people. Soldiers are government's agents in using those tools against our enemies. Police are, when all is said and done, government's agents, ultimately your and my agents, in using those tools against me, my loved ones and my neighbors.
And all it takes is minimums in education and residency to be considered trustworthy to do that job?
I'll grant you, from what little I've seen of government entrance exams, I am not impressed. But... what?!?
I'm used to seeing government lower the bar, but throwing it away is a little extreme, in my opinion. What's next, drop the requirement to be able to speak and understand English?
This seems to admit that the traditional Patronage system of admission to the Chicagoland Militia is inadequate to sustain current troop-levels...
Police Academy opening live in a city (Chicago) near you.
Presented without comment: http://www.startribune.com/local/80897097.html
You just had to go and say it...
I think it was DC that did this years ago to be more PC in who was hired.
Yeah, that worked GREAT...