March 6th the Beacon City Council, reaffirmed their irresponsibility
by passing a resolution â€œâ€¦that the City will aggressively recruit
female and minority officers to fill [two vacant police officer] positions.â€
While I applaud the ideal of such recruitment, it is appalling
that the City Council would recruit female officers to subject them
to the hostile, discriminatory, un-equal opportunity employment
existing within the Police Department that in the past 3 years has compelled
75% of the female officers to leave.
In November 2002 and January
2003, the Administration, including the City Council and the Police
Department, were made aware of biased actions, discriminatory practices
within the department against female officers, and an existing hostile
work environment. In July 2003, again, the issues were reiterated
to the Mayor and City Council and additional information provided relative
to Civil Rights Violations and misconduct by officers. An investigation
by an independent investigator followed, which developed into a full
scale investigation involving the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office, Department
of Justice and the F.B.I.
recent as March 2006, contrary to specific training received by officers,
a City of Beacon police officer used the derogatory â€œCâ€ word
referring to the remaining female detective in the department.
The City of Beacon Administration and City Council have failed to support,
protect and retain the professional, experienced, female officers who
are known and respected by the community. How can they consciously
recruit female officers when they are aware of the shocking work conditions
existing in the Beacon Police Department?
(Former City of Beacon Police
Officer, Shield #37)