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County Strives to Increase Diversity in Police and Fire Departments

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announces new recruitment video designed to encourage minorities and females to pursue a career in public safety.

by Kevin Kamenetz
County Executive

I am extremely proud of the men and women who choose to serve the people of Baltimore County in our police and fire departments. Without a doubt, they are among the finest in the nation. I am pleased to announce that Baltimore County is releasing a new recruitment video today that is designed to encourage minorities and females to pursue a career in public safety. 

As we move forward in the 21st century, we need to do all that we can to ensure that we continue to protect our communities. As the demographics of the nation and County continue to change, it is critical that the individuals serving in all areas of government, but particularly in public safety, reflect the communities they serve. It is not only morally right, it is good public policy. Over the past decade, we have made significant progress, but we can do more. Most importantly, public safety depends on the public’s confidence. A diverse police and fire department builds that trust and makes everyone safer.

This new recruiting tool will be shared with school guidance counselors, ministers, broadcast widely on BCTV, and utilized at both traditional and no-traditional job fairs. We can, and will attract, an increasingly diverse group of men and women to serve in Baltimore County, while maintaining the high standards that make us so proud.

If you know someone who would be an excellent candidate to serve in Baltimore County’s police and fire departments, please have them contact the Department of Human Resources directly or visit http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov. I hope you will enjoy and share Baltimore County’s latest recruiting tool:  http://www.youtube.com/baltimorecounty.

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Native August 09, 2012 at 01:53 AM
If the public only knew, how the standards have been dumbed down for years, how women & minorities have been hired that couldn't even do the job when assigned to the field because the politicians wouldn't let them be fired. This is what happened in the city when Rachel Wilson was killed in the fire academy. She wanted to quit because she knew she couldn't do the job. But the city administration convinced her to stay, & consequently she died because she panicked in a fire. Policies such as these have been in effect for 30 years but more so in the last 10 or so. The FD recruitment department is a joke. Minorities get a downright pass just so the county can say they are diverse. And now Kamenetz wants to encourage more? This is nothing more then pure political BS.
Parkvillehoney August 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I feel Baltimore County is becoming more like Baltimore City every day. Minorities should be able to pass the same requirements as everyone else. Do minorities have to have a lower standard than whites? I can't believe blacks are less intelligent, if they are given the same opportunity for education as whites. I hope the requirements and testing remain the same for everyone that applies for these Baltimore County departments.
Oldtimer August 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Native is completely right. The hiring process for the FD at least is a joke. When you have over 3000 people take the written test and you can't find qualified people of all genders and race to fill positions why do they have to lower the qualifications? I want the best person for the job and one that really wants the job. It is a dangerous job and someone that doesn't know what, when and why to do what needs to be done isn't that person. Hiring should be done by EVERYONE given the same test and may the best ones get hired.
Eastsider August 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Oldtimer, I can’t speak for the entire current process for hiring firefighter but I can comment on one phase which the county fire department has greatly improved on and that is the physical agility testing. This testing phase has weeded out a few hundred applicants that were not in the best physical condition.
Parkvillehoney August 09, 2012 at 06:34 PM
If I wanted a job in the fire or police department, i would consider volunteering as a 1st step. There are many volunteer opportunities with the various volunteer fire departments and I believe the police department has some sort of volunteer opportunities. It would also give a person the opportunity to see if one likes that type of work, as a career.

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