Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder expressed a legitimate concern that out of 2,800 initial black applicants, 1,600 black applicants explicitly chose not to take the police test. [“Ryder apologizes as more condemn words,” News, May 28].
Such a large, unfortunate drop during the recruitment phase of police officers’ recruitment underscores the need for greater efforts by recruiters to establish more effective methods and strategies to encourage early applicants from under-represented groups to take the exam. is.
Upon an applicant’s request, a counselor – either from the police department or a supporting community organization – should be available to provide ongoing counseling, direction and guidance. Must have free access to in-person or online classes to prepare for the written test. There should also be free training to prepare for the physical exam.
As Ryder aptly recognized, members of underrepresented groups may not have the same cultural backgrounds and life experiences that foster careers in law enforcement. Achieving a more diverse police force will require more creative, imaginative and proactive efforts so that in the future many more black applicants and members of other underrepresented groups decide to take the test and ultimately qualify for a coveted police badge.
Robert L Douglas, woodmere
Commissioner Patrick Ryder’s perceptions of black people coming from broken homes, Jewish people’s propensity for the law, and Asian people’s inclination towards medicine shows how limited their upbringing was, with two committed parents alike. The ideologues were “cops in families.”
This is called “narrow-mindedness”, and it comes from not being exposed to elements outside the realm of her upbringing and resulting in others being seen as different and less capable. Saying a home without a mom and dad is “broken” is a leading indicator of outdated thinking, and she really needs to reevaluate its entire social ramifications, not apologize for being wrong.
We no longer live in the 1950s, and he needs to open his mind to new social norms if he wants to be an effective leader.
Robert Shepard, linbrook
In defense of Commissioner Patrick Ryder, he pointed out that it was not a lack of interest in minority recruitment by the Nassau County Police Department, but a lack of interest on the part of minority applicants.
He cited possible reasons such as the absence of role models in minority families. Sociologists have for years speculated about the negative impact of systemic racism on minorities.
By raising this topic, Ryder is confronting, not supporting, these negative effects of systemic racism. Yet he is accused of promoting racist stereotypes, and there are calls for his resignation. How unfair!
What happened to freedom of speech and freedom of thought? Be careful what you think and say; Thought police is on patrol and taking names.
Jim Brennan, Rocky Point
I agree with Commissioner Patrick Ryder’s comments. They may not be all the reasons why there isn’t more diversity in recruitment, but they can be part of the reason.
I saw firsthand how a friend in law enforcement encouraged his son to become a police officer and kept him on track. He took his son to the city at 3 a.m. for an interview, helped him with the paperwork and gave him endless encouragement.
The hours he spent supporting his son, who is now a police officer, were very high. Let’s not forget that Ryder also said, “I can heal the kid, I can help him get better and work with him…and get him to work.” Everyone has the right to have his own opinion.
pGreek Square, Maspequa
To everyone calling for Chief Commissioner Patrick Ryder, how have you contributed to diversity in the Nassau County Police Department?
How many youths have you personally supported and encouraged to become a police officer? There is no doubt that he and the department have as many passes.
Lorraine Hannon, Rockville Center
editor’s Note: The author supervised the Nassau County Police Department’s diversity recruiting program for three years in the 1990s.
Decades ago, diversity became a banner slogan with good intentions as well as equal employment opportunities and other social programs to level the playing field. The results of classifying citizens into racial and ethnic profiles were unexpected. Our nation became great by becoming a melting pot of ethnicity, race and religion with free expression of thoughts and ideas.
Sadly, racial diversification resulted in the censorship of opinion, with awakened and progressive ideas responsible for the new racism.
Joe Raszyk, King’s Park
editor’s Note: The selected papers on this subject are in proportion to the letters received.
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