Men sent to back of thin blue line

(A follow up to yesterday’s article announcing the CCC findings of discrimination)
Police hiring spree found to be discriminatory, 200 eligible men miss out
Courier Mail 13May2021

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and former police commissioner Ian Stewart, Picture: Darren England

ACADEMY RECRUITMENT STANDARDS DROPPED

ABOUT 2000 men who applied to become Queensland police officers were discriminated against, while women “progressed” even after failing physical or psychological requirements, a scathing Crime and Corruption Commission investigation has found.

The CCC found that although all men who applied between July 2016 until the end of 2017 were discriminated against, 200 of them would now be serving police officers had they not been subjected to a recruitment process that wrongly favoured women who – in some cases – had not even met the normal minimum standards.

The dodgy recruitment practices were revealed with the release of a CCC report into former commissioner Ian Stewart’s hastily implemented 50:50 gender push.

Three employees involved have been suspended by the Queensland Police Service and a fourth has left, with the CCC declaring that it plans to take action in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The recruitment push began in 2015 when Mr Stewart announced that he wanted to achieve “not less than 50 per cent” female recruits going forward.

One “witness” would later tell the CCC that anyone with “grade four maths” could see that turning a small number of female applicants into a 50 per cent recruitment quota would need to involve discrimination.

The CCC report said that the announcement was made without any “prior study, no business case or legal advice sought”.

The “target”, which Mr Stewart insisted was only an “aspiration” and never a directive, proved hugely problematic. In 2016, it was proposed that any woman who met the “minimum” standards on physical and cognitive tests would be “offered appointment”, even if she had a “heightened” psychological risk. The report said recruitment staff began expressing concerns that they were “short of suitable female applicants”, with only 163 women in the recruitment pool to fill 160 positions.

“We are running short of women,” one staff member said in an email, followed by “we are sooooooo screwed”.

In April 2016, a staffer approved making offers to female applicants who were yet to pass all the physical testing and for whom reference checks had not been done.

In May, a senior staffer “pressured” psychologists over their assessments of 20 female applicants.

Later, five women were reassessed and “progressed”, having not met psychological criteria, including two previously deemed “high risk”.

The CCC found that eventually recruitment standards were dropped for women while men got through only if they “exceeded artificially high cut-off scores”.

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said that while the CCC report identified the conduct had ceased in 2018, she had asked for a review of current recruitment practises.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said there was no room for quotas .

“We are sick and tired of these woke, pandering, pondering exercises in relation to quotas,” he said.

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Police hiring spree found to be discriminatory, 200 eligible men miss out

Disciplinary action is possible after a report revealed the Queensland Police Service discriminated against 200 men who weren’t hired because of a female-focused hiring spree.

Jessica Marszalek and Kate Kyriacou

3 min read

May 12, 2021 – 6:14PM

Courier Mail

Police discriminated against men in a female-focused hiring spree that saw 200 men who should have been hired miss out on a job.

The bombshell finding is contained in a Crime and Corruption Commission report tabled in parliament today into a female recruitment strategy employed by the Queensland Police Service under then-Commissioner Ian Stewart between December 2015 to October 2018.

“The discriminatory practices saw different standards applied to female and male applicants, with females selected in preference to male applicants who had performed to a higher standard across entry assessments,” the corruption watchdog found.

“The investigation shows around 2000 male applicants were subject to discriminatory assessment practices which prevented them from progressing through the recruitment process over approximately an 18-month period from July 2016 to the end of 2017.

The CCC alleges standards were lowered to allow the employment of female recruits. \

“If the various discriminatory practices had not been implemented, the CCC estimates approximately 200 more meritorious male applicants would have been successful in their attempt to join the QPS.”

The CCC found that while there was “insufficient evidence” to support criminal action, there was evidence that warranted disciplinary action.

“The CCC plans to take action in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) … against one or more of the (persons of interest) seeking a finding of corrupt conduct,” the report said.

The CCC alleges staff in the recruiting section were so intent on achieving the gender equity targets that they lowered standards and allowed female recruits to progress even though they had failed certain entry requirements.

“By late 2017, in order to achieve the target of 50 per cent female recruitment, some female applicants were approved for progression by methods including: lowering the required standard for female applicants on cognitive assessment (including for female applicants who had already previously been told they did not meet the required standard), allowing female applicants who had failed aspects of the physical assessment to progress and allowing female applicants who had previously been assessed as not suitable on psychological grounds to progress.”

The Courier-Mail broke the news in January 2020 that an investigation was under way after allegations were made of “irregularities” within the recruitment process.

At the time, a QPS spokesman confirmed a review had taken place and an investigation had begun.

“As a result, allegations of irregularities associated with some past police recruiting processes were identified,” the spokesman said.

“These allegations are now subject to investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission and QPS Ethical Standards Command

“In the meantime, the QPS has put mechanisms in place to ensure confidence in more recent and ongoing recruiting processes.”

A statement released by the Queensland Police Service said disciplinary action had been taken against three people and a fourth had since left the service.

“Two QPS employees and a Public Safety Business Agency employee have been suspended as part of an internal disciplinary process,” the statement said.

“Another person identified in the report has since left the QPS.”

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the QPS accepted the CCC report and would implement all recommendations as a matter of priority.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll described the conduct outlined in the report as disappointing. File picture: Matt Taylor

“The QPS became aware of concerns around recruiting practices following a change of leadership at our executive level and the concerns were immediately reported to the CCC in November 2019,” Ms Carroll said.

“We have fully co-operated with the CCC investigation.

“The conduct alleged in this report is completely disappointing and can I reassure the public that this alleged behaviour does not meet the standards or expectation of our Queensland Police officers and dedicated staff.”

Ms Carroll said six women had been identified as having not met the minimum standards to enter the academy.

But she said all six graduated successfully having met all the required standards to become a police officer.

“While the CCC report identifies that this misconduct ceased in January 2018, I have asked Assistant Commissioner Charysse Pond to conduct a complete review of the QPS recruitment practices to strengthen transparency and to ensure this does not happen again,” Ms Carroll said.

“I am committed to independent, transparent and impartial entry testing for all prospective police recruits.

“When I was sworn in as Commissioner, I said that while it is important to be inclusive and diverse, we should always take the best possible applicants regardless of their gender or ethnicity.

“The public as well as our own police officers rightly expect no favours or preferential treatment for any applicant.”

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said there was no room for quotas in the police service, saying it was a “stain” on the QPS.

“We are sick and tired of these woke, pandering, pondering exercises in relation to quotas,” he said.

“Women in the police, they don’t want to be a token.

“I believe we need to look at those (200) people and reassess them and if they are still fit and proper people, they should be given the opportunity to join the Queensland Police Service, because they were denied by a corrupt system.”

Mr Leavers said those involved in the process should be “dealt with harshly”.

Follow up article on 13th May 2021
Men sent to back of thin blue line

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