On The One Hand…

…the bureaucracy – any bureaucracy – runs by rules of its own.  Those rules usually have  more to do with sustaining bureaucracy itself than to solving whatever problem or administering whatever service that bureaucracy is supposed to be doing.

On the other?  Read past the bureaucratese in this report and it appears that the Minneapolis Police Department has been shaving a lot of corners on psychological testing of its new recruits.

Does this have anything to do with, among other things, the Damond shooting?  Bureaucratic checkbox-checkers running amok?

Maybe a little bit of both?

5 thoughts on “On The One Hand…

  1. “Tom Campion, who runs the firm today, says diversity is important, but relaxing psychological standards to achieve it is dangerous. “We want officers who reflect our community. That’s critical. But here’s the thing: At what cost?”

    Apply that to the Diversity Project(tm) across the board.

  2. Diversity standards seem to be one issue, and another big “oh” that pops up is the ADA. Apparently it’s so badly written, or implemented, that one cannot do the test before a hiring offer is made, which probably explains a lot of the poorly done test results at the state level. It’s harder to revoke an offer of employment than it is to not issue one at all.

    And it strikes me as well that I would bet a shiny new nickel that the markers for psychological unsuitedness for police work just might correspond pretty well to growing up in a single parent household, and I’d bet another nickel that the correlation is better than it is for race or other factors. Just sayin’.

  3. It seems Minneapolis believes the racial makeup of the force is more important than the mental stability of the officers on that force. That’s not shocking, that’s a rational decision when racial lawsuits are a bigger threat to the city than dead citizens.

    The heirs of dead citizens seek cash and the city’s lawyers can bargain them down. Race hustlers seek control by consent decrees that put liberal judges and race lawyers in charge of police departments. Once they’re in charge, the city has no say.

    There are 14 cities operating police departments under consent decrees. Attorney General Sessions is reviewing whether they are appropriate but the real question is more basic: who should run the local PD – the local city council or federal bureaucrats?

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