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The Corpus Christi, Tex. Police Department has found itself on the business end of a civil rights lawsuit after the Justice Department concluded that a physical ability test used when considering job applications discriminates against women.
As a condition for employment, new applicants must pass a physical ability test (PAT) involving: pullups, a 300-meter run, a 1.5 mile run, and sit-ups. Only 19 percent of female applicants passed this test between 2005 and 2009, compared to 63 percent of men, the DOJ complaint records. In 2011, the city police modified the benchmarks for the PAT. Thirty-three percent of women passed the test under the new standards, along with 82 percent of men. DOJ says that these results also indicate discrimination.
The Justice Department says that the test discriminates against women because “use of the PAT in the screening and selection of applicants for entry-level police officer jobs is not job-related, for the entry-level police officer position,” according to the complaint.
“The Justice Department is looking forward to working with the city to resolve this matter in a way that eliminates the use of the unlawful physical ability test and gives women who were screened out of the process an opportunity to become Corpus Christi police officers,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement on the lawsuit.
Would it be possible for a woman to skip the "beat cop" phase and head directly to administration or detective work with a degree in criminal justice or something of the sort?
The article doesn't say that no women passed, just that a smaller per centage did. There are, therefore, women on the force. How many does there have to be to get the different angles you're talking about? I wouldn't think it would require parity between men and women.
I find that a more diverse point of view in such positions would lead to different angles in problem solving that could be beneficial to the law-enforcement community.
Originally posted by charles1952
reply to post by PurpleChiten
Your position makes sense, so does mine. The question seems to be "Is a physical fitness test relevant any longer to the job of police officer?" I don't know, I can see your point and I think I could argue for your side.
What I can't see is Main Justice's position. They have no objection to physical fitness tests, thereby saying that they must have at least some relevance to the position. Then they say that the test has to provide the same results for men and women, so no difference can be found. What good is the test if it's not allowed to show what it shows? why artificially juggle the scores until a clerk in Washington is happy?
I know that PurpleChitens have cultural norms prohibiting the scratching of heads, but I'm sure scratching mine.