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School
University of Ottawa
Department
Criminology
Course
CRM2305
Professor
Carolyn Gordon
Semester
Fall

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CRM 2305 February 1, 2012  The police Occupation  Becoming a police Officer •  Basic qualifications: ‘core competencies’ minimum requirements: age,  citizenship, physical abilities test, grade 12 education  • preferred qualifications: requirements that increased the competiveness of the  applicant, ex. Volunteer exp. Second language, postsecondary education,  world/life experience  Promoting diversity  • Police services seek qualified applicants who reflect  the diversity of the  community  • For example; Toronto: 46.9% visible minority. 0.5% aboriginal and 51.8% female • Its police officer in 2009: 18% visible minority, 0.9% aboriginal and 28.2 female • Despite all the efforts in recruiting minorities, these groups are severely  underrepresented among staff sergeants, and senior officers  Ethnic minorities and policing  •  Many police services have developed initiatives to attract visible minority and  aboriginal recruits • Challenges the public police face in recruiting ethnic minorities: o The failure of the public police in devoting resources to attracting  minorities  o Recruiting minorities view as “political necessity rather than professional  opportunity” o The negative perception of the public police held visible minorities o The view that policing is not an honourable 
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