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Despite protests over minorities, Warren police test will proceed



Published: Thu, January 5, 2012 @ 12:07 a.m.

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Franklin

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

The Jan. 21 civil-service test for entry-level police officers will proceed as planned despite protests from two Warren City Council members.

Council members Cheryl Saffold and Helen Rucker told the Warren Civil Service Commission on Wednesday they believe it’s a critical time to recruit minorities to the police department.

“In the next three to 10 years, there could be no minorities in the police department and fire department,” Rucker said.

The councilwomen said they don’t believe many minorities will take the test unless the city encourages them to and unless the city promotes police work as a good career for minorities.

Rucker asked the commission to delay the test to provide time to form a committee of leaders who would work on the problem.

Rucker suggested the city encourage minority military veterans returning home from war to apply, and she said she hopes the new mayor, Doug Franklin, will take the lead.

Several hours later, Franklin said he would not postpone the test because three Warren police officers are retiring within the first two months of the year, and delaying the test and the hiring of replacements would jeopardize public safety.

Franklin met with Rucker and Saffold after the civil-service commission meeting, and the two councilwomen agreed to serve on a task force that will work to recruit minorities so the city is “better positioned the next time.”

Also participating will be Police Chief Tim Bowers, Sgt. Jeff Cole, who teaches at a police academy; and Lt. Kathy Spencer.

Rucker said the previous mayor, Michael O’Brien, didn’t show much leadership on minority hiring during his eight years in office, which ended last week.

The city had an Equal Employment Opportunity officer who traveled throughout the state to encourage minorities to work in Warren, but that position hasn’t been filled for eight years, Rucker said.

The Rev. Frank Hearns, who has served on the civil-service commission about 15 years, said he doesn’t believe one organization in Trumbull County alone can provide the leadership needed to promote minority hiring in Warren.

What is needed is for all of the groups to work together with the city administration and city council to devise and carry out strategies. Not only do the NAACP, Urban League, Ministerial Alliance, A. Philip Randolph Institute and League of Women Voters need to work on it, but groups made up mostly of white ministers need to participate, the Rev. Mr. Hearns said.

Neil Heller, an assistant chief in the Warren Fire Department, said the last minority firefighter hired in Warren was in 1992, and he will be eligible to retire in five years. It won’t be long until all of the black firefighters are eligible to retire, Heller said.

The fire department has 69 firefighters, four of them black, none of them women. The police department has 66 officers, five of them black, and four women.

Heller noted that it’s difficult to encourage minorities to get the training and apply to be firefighter, but it’s been equally difficult lately to get Warren residents to apply and train. Of the 15 firefighters most recently hired with money from a federal grant, none are from Warren.

“Most of them live in the Akron-Canton area,” Heller said. “None of them can get to work in less than 15 to 20 minutes.”


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1WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Why are minorities too stupid to pass the test?

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2senod01(5 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Why do we need minorities on the police for anyway? Do the minorities think they must crame more minorities into postions of authority before their mixed race president gets scraped out of office. Look what minorities have done to America since 2008, America is now a welfare country, instead of a leader of countries.

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3doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Rucker wants to reestablish a position that travels the state looking for minorities to work in Warren.It sounds like she probably has a friend who needs a job.Blaming the former mayor is typical from this councilwoman who spends all her time on the wrong things.Welcome to Warren where the AK47 rifle is the weapon of choice.

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4ytownsteelman(631 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

So two Warren councilmembers openly endorse discrimination based upon race. I thought we settled this in the 60s. Whatever happened to that notion of "content of their character" that MLK talked about, or is that just BS? If minorities want to join the force they will study and take the test. If not then they won't. Maybe minorities just don't want to be firefighters and police.

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5db(280 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Bottom line: minorities don't want the jobs.

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6Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"“In the next three to 10 years, there could be no minorities in the police department and fire department,” Rucker said."

And who's fault is that? From the application "justice" posted it seems like a fair shot for everyone. < I noticed the absence of a drug test or background check> Is that in the Physical Agility part?

"....that will work to recruit minorities so the city is “better positioned the next time.”

Why do they have to recruit minorities? Sounds like that should go under "credit" which isn't fair to others.

"Rucker said the previous mayor, Michael O’Brien, didn’t show much leadership on minority hiring during his eight years in office, which ended last week."

Huh, the mayor has to show leadership on minority hiring? Is that really fair?

"The city had an Equal Employment Opportunity officer who traveled throughout the state to encourage minorities to work in Warren, but that position hasn’t been filled for eight years, Rucker said."

Again, who's fault is that??? If you can't get a 70% on the test (JUST STUDY) then you are NOT QUALIFIED! Period, but because your a minority you get a free pass? Really?

"Not only do the NAACP, Urban League, Ministerial Alliance, A. Philip Randolph Institute and League of Women Voters need to work on it, but groups made up mostly of white ministers need to participate, the Rev. Mr. Hearns said."

This is the most asine comment I seen. White ministers now?? Again, if they don't want to apply you going to force them because their a minority, real fair to the ones that pass the test and meet the requirements.

"The fire department has 69 firefighters, four of them black, none of them women. The police department has 66 officers, five of them black, and four women."

WHO is to blame for that?? Everyone else except for the minorities that can't pass a test?? Blame everyone and everything because they don't want to go the extra mile and study and pass the test.
This PC has to stop and the minorities have to step it up and quit getting free rides because their minorities. Get off your lazy a@#es and do something instead of waiting for a job to get handed to you.

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7hmm(183 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If everyone is considered equal .. why is the word minority even used. ...... In the test and application .... The space for "Race " should be eliminated ..... Hire the top people ,if your not one of them then you don't get the job THAT is equality everyone strives for...

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8legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Where the hell is Stan???

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9southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

How much more should minorities be given to pass a test? The answers in advance?

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