I need to comment on the endless referencing of police departments that allegedly don’t employ enough people of color. I don’t know about other cities, but in Fairview Heights, police officers are unique employees.
Fairview, along with four other cities, belongs to the Southern Illinois Fire and Police Recruitment and Testing Consortium. Some requirements of Fairview’s police department are: Associate’s degree in law enforcement or criminal justice, or bachelor’s in any other field from an accredited college/university. There are tests, (written, agility, physical, vision, polygraph), background investigations, and they must be capable of being accepted in and completing the state-mandated police basic training academy, etc. Fairview is open to minority hiring in the police department, but few apply to SIFPRTC.
Fairview’s officers are as proud of their profession as any lawyer or architect . . . the difference being the danger. It’s a profession that requires education, training and dedication.
In my opinion, many media personalities aren’t true journalists, always injecting phony issues of ratio of minority police to minority residents of a town. Do you ever hear anyone complain about ratio of minority public defenders to minority inmates at the county jail? Of course not. Why? Police officers’ job is to arrest criminals; public defenders’ job is to get them off.
The excellence of Fairview’s police department stands out. They patrol Fairview with the highest degree of professionalism. I thank them for that.