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The impact of affirmative action and civil service on American police personnel systems

Author: Hubert G Locke; National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1979]
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The impact of civil service and affirmative action programs on minority employment in the law enforcement setting is addressed in this monograph. Each stage of the federal government's program to insure equal employment opportunity from nondiscrimination through affirmative action has been accompanied by acrimonious public debate, focusing particularly on affirmative action, which is designed to develop guidelines,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Government publications
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Locke, Hubert G.
Impact of affirmative action and civil service on American police personnel systems.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S.G.P.O., [1979]
(OCoLC)762202303
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hubert G Locke; National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
OCLC Number: 11622915
Notes: "October 1979."
Description: iii, 15 pages ; 28 cm
Responsibility: by Hubert G. Locke.

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The impact of civil service and affirmative action programs on minority employment in the law enforcement setting is addressed in this monograph. Each stage of the federal government's program to insure equal employment opportunity from nondiscrimination through affirmative action has been accompanied by acrimonious public debate, focusing particularly on affirmative action, which is designed to develop guidelines, timetables, and other measurable indexes by which employers can be held accountable for their progress, or lack of it, in implementing national policy. The principal burden of finding answers to the complex issues surrounding minority employment has fallen to the courts. Numerous judicial decisions, with enormous implications for police agencies, have been translated into procedural regulations covering the measures, techniques, criteria, and processes that may be used for employment decisions and employment selection. Several employment practices which may create problems in the area of employment discrimination are included. Whether due to enlightened police leadership, community pressures, political circumstances, civil service intervention, or a combination of all these factors, the racial characteristics of American policing have begun to change substantially over the past decade. Ten years ago, approximately 4 percent of the sworn police personnel in the nation were racial minorities; today, that figure has risen to 10 percent. Findings of the public service administration show that one of the most important factors in changing the nature and quality of policing is the courage and commitment of police leadership. To the extent that increasing minority and female participation in the ranks of sworn police officers is a crucial part of this change process, there is the added finding that such efforts are not enhanced by a reliance on the regulatory role of civil service. Several suggestions for institutionalizing this change process are noted.

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