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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  The Column  >  Oh Good, Another Article on Diversity



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Oh Good, Another
Article on Diversity
Police and Law Enforcement News
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
12:50 p.m.

The headline reads, "State Police Graduate Diverse Class."  It's followed by an article breaking down the racial and gender numbers along with


 some comments celebrating the diversity of the class.  This article appeared in the Asbury Park Press on June 26, 2009.  Below are the first three paragraphs:

Members of the most culturally diverse graduating class ever in the history of the New Jersey State Police received their badges after being sworn in Friday.

Minorities made up about one-third of the 104-member class, including 22 Hispanic men, five black men and five Asian Americans ó four men and one woman.

"This class is the most diverse in our rich history," said Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, state police superintendent. "Their backgrounds coupled with their highly effective training will equip them to enforce the laws of our state constitutionally, fairly and without bias."

Do you remember when articles like this celebrated the new troopers instead of celebrating diversity?  Do you remember when articles like this talked about the training and the accomplishments of the recruits instead of their nationalities and their genders?

No one of sound mind will argue that diversity it is not important and needed in law enforcement.  Police officers need to come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. 

But we go down a dangerous road when these statistics become more important than the fact that good cops were made and are taking their next step toward running solo on the street.

The story shouldn't be about the making of a rainbow of troopers: it should be about the making of great troopers.

Good luck to the 150th State Police Class.


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Your Comments

When you are wearing the uniform the only color they should be worried about is blue. Who cares what color the skin is as long as they do a good job and stay safe.

Everything nowadays is race or diversity related. People want to be equal- but yet are quick to point out diversity or race. The other comment says it all, let's not focus on diversity but the Troopers!

Why does race have to be an issue? I don't care what race the Troopers are. I'd much rather  know they were all qualified and ready for the sometimes rough road ahead of them. I want to know they are more than able to protect us when needed! Let's not worry about the race but worry that these men and women can do protect and serve.

The goal of diversity is to select the best man or woman for the job! Diversity just doesn't pertain to race, but it also applies to gender. Sound like someone is in need of diversity training.

How about we celebrate hiring the best man/woman for the job instead of focusing on diversity!

I think that it is good to highlight the diversity within the New Jersey State Police recruit classes. After being plagued with racial profiling and becoming the center of national attention, articles like this help to demonstrate the sincere efforts of the New Jersey State Police to create a rainbow of troopers that reflect the diverse state that they have been recruited to serve and protect.

Furthermore, I think it's a disgrace for any one to diminish the efforts of the New Jersey State Police to tout the fact that they are moving beyond the past where the organization was once dominated by white males. In addition, I have read a lot of good articles that have celebrated the accomplishments of the New Jersey Sate Police other than on the topic of diversity.

So I canít resist responding to editorials such as this that proclaim they champion diversity but deep down inside they are hypocrites. So do me a favor, stop trying to make it seem like we are being bombarded with articles on diversity, if you don't particularly care for diversity, say it, otherwise keep your mouth shut.

Articles like this are the newspaper's way of controlling law enforcement.
Police and Law Enforcement News
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
12:50 p.m.

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