April 17th, 2012

Wrong is wrong

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

A lesbian PCSO has been jailed for illegally¬†accessing¬†police¬†computers¬†and passing on information to Wrexham’s ‘close-knit community’.

Lisa Stapely was apparently recruited under a positive discrimination scheme because she was a lesbian. She tipped off a friend that the police were looking for her and has been jailed for 10 months for misconduct in a public office.

It would be wrong to blame the positive discrimination policy for hiring someone who turned out to be corrupt as there must be officers and PCSOs who aren’t members of a minority sexuality group who get into trouble. But I bet the selection pool would have been greater had the requirements for the job not been based on being a lesbian.

If discrimination is wrong, so is positive discrimination. I want the best people on the streets, not ones who tick a special treatment box.

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4 comments

  1. Chris Ferguson says:

    Sending a dyke to jail. Sounds like reward not punishment…

    April 17th, 2012 at 18:47

  2. Blueknight says:

    The job should not pander to diversity. Would Ali Dizaei have stayed in the job for as long as he did if he was not able to ‘tick the diversity box’

    April 17th, 2012 at 20:57

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The whole of idea of needing your mix of staff to precisely match (to the single percentage point) the mix of people in the area being policed has never been explained.

    I can see some logic in making sure anyone who applies get a fair crack at getting in, but artificially twisting the recruitment process so the result matches a pre-determined set of quotas is not the same thing as making the job appeal to the widest possible range of people. It just isn`t.

    Such methods only give the merest appearance of fairness, at first glance, but are quickly revealed to be negatively discriminatory.

    For the record ‘discrimination’ is not, by definition, a negative. But of recent years it`s over-use has altered its perceived meaning until it has become shorthand for ‘ill-treatment’.

    The problem is that, in the name of this elusive ‘fairness’ and ‘equality’ we keep hearing about, (and also because the police and public servants have been groomed to lead the social-engineering agenda) someone decided, for the sake of convenience, that policing suddenly had to become a job that anyone could do without any appreciable physical or educational or aptitude needs.

    Manipulating the results of an experiment to make it fit the preferred outcome?

    April 18th, 2012 at 09:22

  4. joe says:

    What he said.

    Plus:

    I understand that the staff ratios at the EHRC show a massive under representation of people of white European ethnic origin. When is there going to be an investigation into this “discrimination” and a programme of positive recruiting to rectify it?

    Funny how the minority representation ticket only seems to work one way.

    Recruit the best person for the job FULL STOP!

    April 19th, 2012 at 09:40

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