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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Now We're Getting Somewhere

In today's Gazette, Criminologist, James Drennan, addresses Quebec Police's long problematic and blatantly obvious “sang et langue” recruiting policy:

- Police must recruit more minorities into their forces, or risk losing the confidence of the public... "You can lose public confidence overnight,"

So I did a little canvasing of the recruiting pages for some Canadian police forces. Here's what I came up with:

The Vancouver police, ok, we've got the Asian and female thing going on...

The OPP, a chick and a black guy, very good...

The turban's overcompensating, but at least the effort's there...

Alright Toronto... we get it, you're the poster-child for diversity.

The Montreal police: Hmmm... don't really like that the women and the black guy are blurred in the background...

Madames et Monsieurs, The Snowy Whites!


At 3:51 PM, Blogger Bill Widman said...

I commend you, John.
Good canvasing job.
It's fun to compare the recruiting posters of various Canadian police forces.

Vancouver - I didn't know a police officer could be so cute. (I'm talking about the blonde, of course)

Toronto - Hey now! That is just classic!

Montreal - Looks like an ad for a sit-com.

M et M - Why are all 3 of these guys holding their hands in the same position?

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal: Doesn't it though?

Coming this Fall to CTV, It's Doofus Inc.! Trouble ensues when young Angus joins a force of affable misfits: think Hill Street Blues meets The Office!

The SQ: always drawing attention to their sizable inadequacies.


At 11:25 AM, Blogger Doreen said...

I have to give credit where credit is due. In the Montreal poster, the black guy is actually the first black station commander that the Montreal police has ever had. I have seen an interview done with him. He is an intelligent,bilingual family man and has worked very hard to get where he is. Too bad that he is not in the front of the picture.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Bill Widman said...

Sizable Inadequacies!
Good one, John!
I wasn't sure if they were calling attention to what's under their hands, or just being protective of it.

Doreen - Maybe they thought the station commander didn't look goofy enough to put in front. The front guy reminds me of Tim Allen, and the rest are his supporting cast.
Do you suppose the poster was designed to show us who their best people are, or for our entertainment?


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