Gus Sonia, Sonia Pruitt, Chicago Defender Tribune discussed on Capt. Hunter's Podcast
I left The department was. I mean we had probably like twenty five black officers. Maybe twenty five or so thirty or so hispanic officers in the rest will white so Just like any other place. We had the challenges of making sure that that arse. Our department reflects the city. But but i wouldn't say it was bad. I mean there was no Of course i always want more more black offs more minority officers. But you gotta take testing and then pass the test so that challenge is on other. Yes i wanna talk about that as well. What's what are the challenges of a recruiting black officers. Minority officers into department. Notice is hard generally across the country now but You know specifically recruiting black osu's department. Yes so actually. Before a retired that was one of my assignments was to go out to different colleges universities etc and just try to convince people to take the test and college and universities. You're speaking with you know whoever walked bio whether you're in we were in the cafeteria or in some major thoroughfare where where people passing by and the majority of people who were taking applications are showed some type of interest where were white people and so there's a lot of. There's a lot of african americans in for a number of reasons. I believe this is going on throughout the whole country. And it's just not interested in law enforcement. And i think that's because of the viral videos that we're seeing and all that kind of stuff so i think that One of the best ways to to recruit more. African american officers is to Really go out to where they are church his barbershops colleges and all that kind of stuff and just try to be that convincing ear that hey listen. We need to make those types of challenges in problem that you see with law enforcement from the inside. You're not gonna get we're not gonna get anything from sending on the sidelines. Good morning can complaining saying please ought to do this. Please do that. You gotta make those challenges from the inside now also had a discussion with a lady on my my podcast Her name is gus sonia. She's not editor designed. No-doubt sonia pruitt. She's a captain from in the police. Department in maryland. Sony pruitt actually really good discussion. I asked her similar the same question and she and her experience. And i would have to say. This is also true experiences that in her experience when she was part of the recruitment team is that a many times. Black officers in were being overly scrutinized. Right so let's say the the parameters the have. It's go the job. -cation was the have a bachelor's degree. Well then there was extra steps taken by people within her department or a her city of saying. Okay yeah okay. This guy's got a bachelor's degree but look he took his english class and he got to see. So there's some over scrutiny. Going on with that now. I sat on my board as far as The recruitment process. So we discussed these types of things. And i had the chance in the voice to speak up and say listen. We're not gonna you know. Knock out the less because when he was twelve. You tried to smoke weed when i. We're not gonna do that. You know so. I think just we need a fairness across the board. How we're gonna recruit we need a concerted efforts to recruit And didn't once again just to be fair and are in what we're gonna do. Yeah i've seen some studies and some stories about you know talking about recruitment of minorities and a lot of it has to do with passing backgrounds. And you know that's due to the policing in those areas before you know these these people. These candidates come through the. They're getting sweaty and for traffic tickets That other communities wouldn't wouldn't be scrutinized for sedan and he's lower income communities. They can't pay the fis. These things go to warrant and when they go to war and they get arrested they had record whereas opposed to you know other parts of town where they wouldn't have been getting stopped and You know for these for these minor violations in the first place. A lot of that has to do with the you know the policing in the area to begin with and he's lower income neighborhoods. So yeah sure. I read something very similar. In fact i talked about it on my talk about in the show that i did in talking about there was a there was a chicago defender tribune or something that ended historic expressing. Exactly i think one of the ways to combat at is obviously more black officers need to stop community members need to step up and understand what's going on why so many officers are being You know eliminate because this nonsense and of course as you mentioned that You know it really comes from the direction of the top of the department and who were going to take it who we're going to a you know and all that kind of stuff so a lot of these problems that we see with law enforcement come from the top and it takes a loud voice voices to say. Listen we want fairness inequity if you're going to stop one person. Because they had a number of tickets you're going to stop or we should eliminate this kind of just kind of thinking. Yeah yeah exactly so You gotta podcast but you also. What else are you doing here retirement. You have something else. leadership institute or or simply that so. I started a business in which i'm helping people number one to become police officers right some. Sometimes people don't know the process and fortune. I talk about this a lot. Is that Do what. I was an reason that we go to. Churches is because when i was young i was twenty years old or so that we church announcements and wanted to church announcements with. Hey please test is coming up. Fire tests coming up. The water department has coming up so we would be able to quit for all these types. Of course i talked to police past it. But a lot of people are not able to afford to go to college They're not in a place where they think they need to go to college or they can't afford it or maybe they can't go nice school or whatever So i i i put together some classes That is online. I mean i had to kind of get paid for what i do. But they're really really affordable and for people who out there who don't want to go through a two years of schooling. You can set you my course Will take you a few days to sit through it And i kind of elaborate. What it takes to become a police officer how to pass the test How to prepare for the physical agility and all that kind of stuff. So i think that i really did a good job in trying to help people to become police officers. Because i know that some people can be turned off because of may think that there's this process to In addition to to to take a test and that's one aspect of the business started called l. m. h. police training and consulting and how the part of it is yes. The leadership portion of it were. I'm putting together right now. Awesome leadership videos and people people want you know. Excel at just leadership just general. Now this is not just geared towards At least i'm not trying to gear it towards law enforcement writer. You somebody could just been promoted to the manager at mcdonalds of you know what you do. How do you. How do you handle that situation writing you. Twenty five twenty six years old. You got a supervisor. Eighteen year old. How do you do that. You know may may not know anything once again. Maybe they're the challenges in life and not allow them to To go to college and and take some some case of courses some putting together something that will be a little bit cheaper So they can understand what it takes to be a leadership qualities and finally of another thing that discusses people who wanna take promotional in law enforcement and again too. If you'd somebody wants to do something that's outside law enforcement in. What does it take to get promoted. How you go about studying what to study Maybe some people are really good. Test-takers as far as the written portion of the test or they seem to bomb the only presentation or vice versa So so those are things like how people would have been in. I've helped And been.