New Jersey State Police Under Fire For Minority Recruiting Practices

TRENTON, NJ (WCBS 880) – The state of New Jersey and the NAACP struck an agreement in 2002 to increase the number of blacks within state police ranks.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With The Story

A decade after the discrimination court settlement, the percentage of black troopers has dropped from 8 percent to 6.4 percent in a state with an almost 14 percent African American population.

“The state has not lived up to their promise,” says state NAACP president James Harris. “I think everybody would agree if you’re looking for apples, you go to the apple orchard. So, if you’re looking for African Americans to enter the academy, you got to spend some time, some quality time, in the African American community teaching people, informing people about when the opportunities are coming up.”

Harris says it’s due to a lack of recruiting.

“Very few posters out advertising the job. Very few visits to sites with recruitment tables and personnel available with applications,” he tells WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

Harris says if they don’t see results soon, the NAACP will go back to court to impose further sanctions on the state.

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  • James

    Two cents from a member of the class that just started this past Monday: I never once met a recruiter prior to applying to the State Police, nor had I ever received or viewed any kind of recruiting posters or paraphernalia. I really don’t see where Mr. Harris is coming from… I guarantee that everyone in the state is aware of the NJSP and, if they want it, they’ll apply to the process.

  • Jessica

    I am a minority and frankly I do not believe in affirmative action; if I am not qualified to do a certain job albeit a risky job, I should not expect to get the job or move quickly through the ranks based on my ethnicity. If more minorities wanted to be apart of the state police force then they should meet the same requirements as everyone else.

  • DIVERSITY = DEATH hysterical commentary today !!! (western voices world news)

  • Leroy Washington

    Now lookie here! Wit da watahed down firemans test, I be thinkin I can be a fire fiter. Oh lord! Now I be thinks I can be a pow leece officah in Nu Jurzy. I done be hopin dat dey make no mo readin or ritin on da test like dey dun did wit da fire fiters test, so I can be passin. Oh lord. If I dun pas, den I gets me a gun and fo da furst tyme, da gun would be leegal. Oh lord. I can waits to be bukin shots at da oder pow leece.

    Danks fo liberal Amerika cause it be givin me so manee dun opertoonitites even dough I dun nothing my hole life, no skool, no job, no nothing.

    • Omar

      How about you shut your racist pie hole. You are doing nothing to further the discussion and understand why the numbers are down.

      If the NJ state troopers didn’t look like Nazi storm troopers maybe more ethnicities would join the ranks.

      • KPMc

        The racist garbage is just nonsense but you addressed the problem right in your response, proving it is not about discrimination and it is NOT about the SS-looking uniforms.

        “… maybe more ethnicities would join the ranks.”

        Minorities are not APPLYING for the job. You can’t get to 14% if no one is applying.

        If people want the job they will find out when the next test is as has been happening for decades in EVERY civil service job.

        Please excuse the crude analogy but it fits… it is NOT meant to be derogatory in any way… but…

        “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t MAKE him drink.”

        If minorities don’t want the job there is not much more the state can do!

      • LG

        Omar, I’m willing to bet that this idiot doesn’t know what a nazi storm trooper is.

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