Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Is the Miami Police Department using sexism to attract recruits?

UPDATED today at 6:45 p.m.: Up until late this afternoon, assistant Miami police chief Jorge Gomez had the recruiting poster on his Twitter page.

Shortly after my post went public, Gomez deleted the image from his Twitter feed.


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Via Local 10 News, Sept. 3, 2015.


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On an official Miami police recruiting poster, a tanned, attractive female Miami police sergeant looks over her shoulder with a "come hither" look.

Currently, the Miami Police Department needs to fill 120 vacancies for sworn police officers.

(Police departments nationally face the same problem as Miami. Too many vacancies, and not enough qualified applicants to fill them.)

More than three years ago, the Miami-Dade Police Department used a slightly different strategy to lure recruits.

But Miami Police FOP president Lt. Javier Ortiz thinks the Miami Police poster sends the wrong message.

"The poster is unprofessional and sexist. The images on the poster do not accurately reflect what a Miami Police officer experiences on a day to day basis," says Ortiz.

Meanwhile, someone within the department has produced another version of the poster that's being circulated by text message.

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Earlier this year Ortiz blasted Miami police brass for allowing sworn police officers to participate in a pilot video (below) that was apparently shot for a reality show.

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