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    I took my final interview for the Police today and unfortunately failed. It was the culmination of 2 years of work and waiting and preparation. The interview did not go well. It seemed that the panel were looking to fail me and actively pursued any opportunity to challenge my answers. I understand that this is something that you encounter as a Police Officer but this is not something that is expected in a final interview.

    Being an ex-Marine I got the top score on the physical out of 60 candidates and I was in the top 10 out of 100 on the mental tests. I am a University Graduate too. I am law abiding, enthusiastic, motivated, believe in justice for all, a fair end equal society for everybody and most importantly I believe I would have been a good Police Officer.

    According to the two people on the panel my 'Racial Diversity Awareness' was poor. This even after I spoke about the many minorties within the community I would be policing in an informed and articulate way without any prejudice. It sounds like a cliche but I also have friends from all backgrounds and have on several occasions spoke out against racism both in the workplace and in social contexts. Even on one occasion being assaulted for doing so.

    I got to work and told my collegues that I was unsuccessful to which one of them produced a newspaper article and said I didnt want to show you this before your interview, the headline ran, 'GMP(GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE) TURNS AWAY WHITE MEN IN THE HUNDREDS'. Apparantly GMP are looking specifically to employ women and ethnic minorities. I believe that is the right thing to do but surely turning away candidates such as myself because I do not fit into a target recruitment audience due to my skin color or birthplace is just as unfair as turning away somebody of a minority group.

    I now have to decide what to do with my life.
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    More PC bullshit that's driving this country right into the ground. Sorry you didn't get hired but I'm not sure I'd wanna be part of that.
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    Hey, I ran into the same thing when I applied to the California Highway Patrol. They told us flap out that, while they don't discriminate, female and ethnic minorities would get priority. That screws everybody though because once they've met their quota then women and minorities may not get a fair shot. This was back in 1992, I understand that it's evened out and that more minorities than white-males are applying to CHP these days.


    So,YO!Edward, what are your options now? Can you apply in other cities in the UK? What other lawenforcement jobs are availible to you? I'm unfamilliar with your country's inner workings at that level. If you'd bounced out of a U.S. city police agency you'd still have options ranging from County Sheriff's departments, prison guard, State Park Ranger and a host of Federal law enforcement (FBI,BATF,US Marshall Service, Secret Service,DEA, DOE, Border Patrol, Customs).

    Also, nobody makes it on their first shot usually anyway. If you can, re-apply because they may take you on the second or even third try. LAPD and San Francisco PD are like that. It's a mind game they play to assess your dedication to the job.
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    Don't give up, Yo...but also stay realistic. Look for another line of work, while you test to become a police officer.
    I'm not a police officer, but am an Operations Manager for a 9-1-1 center...I know lots of people who test for police and fire jobs and become very frustrated...and understandably so...Keep trying...but have the back up of another line of work...then if it happens, it is purely a bonus!

    For police and fire jobs, and other related public service listings, try this link:

    http://www.theblueline.com/

    Good luck!
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    Affirmative Action has long outlived it's usefulness.

    You're a perfect example of this.

    Sorry, dude!

    Just look at it this way, some city or town will get a damned good officer someday, they just don't know it yet!
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    Gutted for ya mate, it's appalling the way these things are working over here right now. Keep your chin up and dont forget, something even better may just be around the corner.
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    Too bad. I heard that it is really hard to get a job as a cop where I live if you are a white man too. They want minorities now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeRose
    Too bad. I heard that it is really hard to get a job as a cop where I live if you are a white man too. They want minorities now.
    Well isn't that racism too? I mean, what does it matter if you're a minority? They should choose the best man for the job and forget about minorities. We're all equal anyway, right?
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    Damn Yo, I hate that shit when they say they are looking for minorities. They should be looking for the person that is most qualified, not fulfilling quotas. That's pure bullshit. I almost ran into the same thing here where I work. My former boss (retired) said to me before he left that I was pretty lucky to get the job because I was a white male. I think the only thing that really got me this federal gov't job was that I was the only candidate in the military. IMHO, that's racism at its finest.

    Don't give up on that line of work, apply again or there are plenty of other law enforcement jobs out there. Keep your head up bro and you'll eventually find something...
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    I ran into the same thing at work here when I applied for a lead position. I had a good interview, but didn't get hired for a postion that I have 3 years experience in. Instead they hired a woman who had absolutely no experience. It is still a sore spot with me. Out of the 9 lead positions in our area of the facility, 8 of them were filled by women.
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    Thanks for the feedback people.

    My situation is that I can reapply to that particular force again in 12 months or apply for another force straight away. Unfortunately, not many are recruiting at the moment but I have already filled in my application form so as soon as they are I will be first in line.

    I will just go back and get the top scores again, and again, and again.....dont they realise???? You cant beat a Marine!!!
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    Hey man, I'm sure you'll get the job. Just keep it cool

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    Turn to a life of crime ! The best criminals have been turned down by the Police department !


    Just kidding , man , keep your head up and keep plugging away !



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    Lodewijk, don't slam women please .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishar McLeud
    Lodewijk, don't slam women please .

    I said BOBBIES , not BOOBIES ! You simpleton ! LOL !
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