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One of the only times my coach appeared happy with my performance was when I tased a guy one night that my coach and my seargent were about to shoot because he was involved in a domestice violence incident and wouldn't show us his hands. My coach later told me he was about 1 second away from shooting the guy when I tased him instead. I suspect he was just relieved becuase it would have looked bad- the suspect turned out to be unarmed.
My point is, the police bureau keeps saying "diversity diversity diversity" as a recruiting goal. But when people are hired who don't actually fit the mold, they are shown the door real quick. I am 5'2" and a woman, so it was safer and wiser for me to try to verbally control people over physically. But that wasn't appreciated, or respected in the bureau. There are some sayings in police culture: "kick ass and take names" and "cuff 'm and stuff 'm". These are the sayings behind closed doors, while the top-level brass like Chief Sizer are naively trying to promote "community policing". Diversity needs to be more than skin color. Hiring more black people, Hispanics, and women won't help the culture of the police bureau change to reflect our community if none of them think like this community. What the police bureau needs to do is change the way the training division functions. I believe I was let go not because I lacked any diligence, but because I think in a different way than most new hires. Getting into fights, making lots of arrests, and getting to use all the tools on my "bat belt" was not as rewarding for me as taking the time to write a really detailed report for a rape victim or talking a suspect into cooperating rather than forcing them. It's easy when you're in uniform to feel entitled to the power you're given. I caught myself feeling that way a few times. But I kept my ego in check, and because of that I stood out, and was shown the door while I was still on probation and lacked the union protection that officers gain when they get off probation.
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