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Hold Women Cadets to the Same Standards as All Officers

By Thursday, 25 September 2014 11:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Criminals aren’t chivalrous; they don’t let up when being chased by a female (or an overweight male). So why would the federal government give them an advantage by mandating officers be on the force who aren’t physically up-to-snuff? 
Why would we ever want standards implemented that devalue the abilities of all police officers, especially women? (More than 7 out of 10 female cadets pass the physical requirements.)
If anything, the existing requirements are far too lenient: three chances to vertically jump a whopping 14 inches; a 300-meter run in 77 seconds (a feat accomplished by your average 6th grader); a 1.5-mile run in 18 minutes; and 13 push-ups with no time limit.
Are these requirements discriminatory? Absolutely! And they should be, to weed out those who would be unable to perform on the job. Are we supposed to hire female lifeguards who can’t swim? Bus drivers with failing eyesight? Where does it end?
The police requirements are meant to simulate real-life, on-the-job situations that officers will (not may, but will) encounter: foot pursuit, CPR, climbing stairs, lifting and pushing things.
If the requirements are dumbed down, will President Obama take responsibility? And would it even matter?
“We’re sorry that the rapist got away to strike again because our officers weren’t able to run without wheezing; it’s a shame the drug dealer killed your child because he was able to elude out-of-shape cops; too bad those victims died in the fire because the police couldn’t mount the steps quickly.”
Not much solace there.
Except, of course, to a smug administration, content with a warped belief that its social engineering is changing America for the better. Here’s a newsflash, Mr. President: Such assaults on common sense and work ethic don’t work, and only sow the seeds of resentment across all classes and all genders.
Hillary Clinton didn’t earn bonus votes because she was female. If an applicant (for any job) can’t meet the requirements, the answer is to move on to something else, or work harder until you can pass the tests. Instilling a sense of misguided entitlement solely because of gender not only isn’t rewarding, but extremely dangerous.
Believing that the same physical standards for both male and female cadets is discriminatory against women and a civil rights violation, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed suit against the Pennsylvania State Police, attempting to force it to change its physical requirements for females (and compensate women who have failed the test). The DOJ claims “defendants’ use of physical fitness tests are not job-related for the entry-level trooper position, [and] is not consistent with business necessity.” 
Another classic example of armchair bureaucrats completely lacking real-world experience and common sense.
Also in Pennsylvania, a state trooper is dead and another injured in an ambush outside a police barracks.The suspect Eric Frein, a survivalist and sharpshooter, then fled into the wilderness, where he has eluded police and FBI agents for two weeks. Such brutality certainly has no regards for gender.
Since all officers face the same threats, all should be trained the same way, and subject to the same fitness standards, where gender has no bearing.
How are physical fitness tests not “job-related” or a “business necessity?” When a bad guy flees, the police pursue. Physically giving chase to criminal suspects is a big part of the job. And since catching lawbreakers is the core “business” of being a police officer, how is that not consistent with “business necessity?”
Hats off to the Pennsylvania State Police for not caving,unlike their Corpus Christi, Texas, counterparts. That department, upon having after a similar suit filed against them, agreed to eliminate their physical fitness test, dole out $700,000 in compensation to women who had failed, and give priority hiring and retroactive seniority and benefits to females who didn’t pass the test.
And that is downright criminal.
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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