Criminals have described a decision to scrap gender quotas designed to get more women into the Queensland Police Force as a major setback for women’s rights and thievery.
The criticism comes after a Crime and Corruption Commission report found the Queensland Police Service’s 50/50 gender recruitment strategy led to the appointment of female officers who were cognitively, physically, and psychologically below standard.
The report, tabled in state parliament on Wednesday, also found that 200 meritorious men were rejected in favour of women who, though unsuited to the police force, were appointed in order to correct a perceived gender imbalance.
The quota policy was abandoned in 2019.
But criminals were yesterday highly critical of the decision to ditch the quota system complaining that it would only serve to reinforce toxic masculinity within the police force.
Crime boss Pasquale Alnerodiseppia told The Spectator Australia that criminals were “sick and tired of cisgendered, aggressive, white males in uniform kicking down the doors of our meth labs and wrestling us to the ground”.
“We would like to see a kinder, gentler officer on the beat,” he said. “And if that means recruiting women who fail the physical exam, then even better.”
He said criminals would be wearing white this week to identify with the suffragettes and “to show solidarity with women who, as a result of this decision, will be excluded from the police force for no reason other than their inability to catch bad guys”.
He said the “Wear White 2 Steal Cars and Stuff” campaign meant criminals of any race or economic status could afford to dress the part and support the reintroduction of gender targets for policing.
A colleague, Mick “The Brick” Malone, said studies had proved that criminals do better when more women were in positions of law enforcement.
“Our research shows that if you improve your diversity you get better results,” he said.
“Having more women patrol the streets can make a huge difference to our productivity and to our bottom line.”
He said gender quotas were important because “a police force in which 75% of officers are male does not accurately represent the communities from which my friends and I are thieving”.
“Systemic misogyny needs to stop. Our friends in the police need to listen and learn and do better.”
Mr Alnerodiseppia rejected suggestions that gender quotas were a form of reverse discrimination.
“Reverse discrimination is just one of those meaningless terms people love to throw around, a bit like ‘private property’,” he said.
“The real discrimination is insisting that criminals must be caught by men. If the Government truly believe in equality of opportunity they would keep gender quotas in place to ensure we have the chance to escape from women.”
Both said they appreciated the irony of a wanted felons lecturing police on rights issues but insisted that structural misogyny was a community-wide problem.
“We all have a role to play in dismantling the patriarchy that prevents women who can’t pass a psych test or successfully complete a physical examination from becoming the front-line in the fight against crime,” Mr Alnerodiseppia said.
Mr Malone added “Let´s regulate quotas and let´s implement them properly. Not because it is a magic wand that will cure sexism, but because it will add more diverse people to the police service and, one unsolved crime at a time, that is how we will change the world.”
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