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ATHENS, Alabama -- The Athens police department has no African Americans among its 47 officers and the NAACP is eager to see that change.
Officials from the NAACP, including Wilbert Woodruff, president of the Limestone County chapter, have addressed the city council at the past two meetings in an attempt to raise awareness of the issue.
"If you don't say anything about this kind of stuff, it just slips through the cracks," Woodruff said today. "As recently as two years ago, they had an African American. We wanted to re-remind them that the community would like for them to make a better effort as far as showing more diversity in the police department."
According to the 2010 census, African Americans made up 17.5 percent of Athens' population of 21,897. Yet blacks make up 0 percent of the city's police officers. There is only one racial minority among the police officers, a Latino, police chief Floyd Johnson said.
Johnson, who became chief in February after filling in on an interim basis, said the department does have two African Americans who are dispatchers.
"When I was interviewed by the city council in February, I was asked the question of what my views were and how I would look at hiring minorities," Johnson said. "I told them I thought our department needs to better reflect our community. I still believe that today."
So far, though, it hasn't happened.
According to information from the city of Athens, four police officers have been hired this year. Overall, the city has hired 19 employees this year and none have been African Americans.
In 2011, the police department hired two officers and two of the 18 people hired by the city overall were blacks.
"We see that as unacceptable for a city of our makeup," Woodruff said. "To have one (minority) on the police force is what we were addressing. It's unheard of and we want our council to do a better job as far as at least put some on the job.
"It will reflect, we think, good on our community. it will be a good attraction for business and individuals who are moving here if we had a more diverse force."
In Huntsville, the police department has 35 blacks among its 265 officers (13.2 percent).
Johnson said the police department is seeking to "broaden our horizons" in an effort to bring more diversity to the police force. Among those strategies is to reach out to colleges to encourage applications and producing pamphlets to distribute at career fairs.
"If there are other places we need to advertise, I've asked the NAACP in our first meeting we've had, please tell me," Johnson said. "Help us out here. I'm here for ideas if you've got an idea to help me recruit a good, professional officer."
Johnson said applicants must pass a physical test and a written test before receiving an interview by a police board.
"My numbers have not been there to interview from those restrictions (regarding African Americans)," Johnson said.
The physical test is copied from state standards and can't be changed, Johnson said. He also described the written test as "pretty basic." Johnson said he would review the written test, "but I don't see that being an issue."
Woodruff described the lack of qualified applicants as "excuses."
Here we will see another fine example of affirmative action about to take place. I bet the applicants that have applied for the police department couldn’t pass the written test, therefore they’ll end up changing that portion around. The only problem is, they will have to do it to the test across the state so everyone will be able to apply. Sooner or later, they will also talk about how there are no Hispanics on the force either. Affirmative action needs to stop and I’m glad to have found this article so I can show evidence of it about to take place and nobody will do anything about it. Thanks to the NAACP and their White Guilt crap, it will only be a matter of weeks before this police department will get a significant change.