Prime Minister Franకోois Legalt, while excluding white women, said it was “desirable” to reserve places for police cadets appearing in a rapid training program or from ethnic minorities, but this position does not make the point.
For many years, the Certification of College Studies (AEC) Police Diversity Program has been intended specifically for under-represented groups (women, visible or ethnic minorities and aborigines) to promote their recruitment into the police forces in the province.
This rapid training allows them to enroll in the National Police Academy to be accessible to all, without having to go through a program of police techniques, even if they already have a college diploma.
However, for the year 2022-2023, women will now be exempted from this training as per the new eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Public Security. Press Wednesday.
Prime Minister Legalt was of the opinion that the decision was a temporary one and would justify it to the police community. “Let me tell you that there are some positions that are reserved for visible minorities, I think this is the approach that is needed to achieve balance,” he said.
After achieving this balance, “those jobs will become accessible to all,” he added.
In 2019-2020, 36% of those trained at the École Nationale de police du Québec (ENPQ) were women, while only 9% were of visible or ethnic minority (see other statistics in the box below).
ENPQ has recently increased the number of places reserved for candidates who have completed Police Diversity AEC.
His spokesperson argued that their ratio had increased from 8% last year (50 seats out of 648) to 12% in the next group (90 seats out of 756), but the total number of candidates had also increased. , Veronica Brunett. “Everyone wins,” she said.
Growing female enrollment
Other places are filled with graduates in the Police Techniques program, where the number of female students is increasing. The proportion of girls enrolled there has increased from 25% in 2011 to almost 45% by 2020.
Despite this increase, women are under-represented and still need access to the AEC program, said Katia Atif, director of Action Travel’s Des Femmes.
“If we refer to the law [sur l’accès à l’égalité en emploi dans les organismes publics]Women are under-represented in this sector so they should not be excluded, ”she said.
The same article from Louis Langevin, a professor of law at the University of Laval, who felt that “women with diversity can achieve or not achieve”.
For its part, the commission des Droits de la Person et de la Junesse du Quebec ensures the “under-represented presence” of many groups, including women, in the Quebec police force. However, it was stated that the company was not involved in the admission process for the training programs.
The Advisory Committee on Police Reality, for its part, proposes to go further to promote the recruitment of racist individuals.
In its final report released last year, it recommended the implementation of an equal access program in all colleges that provide training in police techniques, in particular, to encourage the recruitment of unrepresented groups.
“The current imbalance needs to be addressed urgently,” it read.
Representation of police services
Post: Women / Tribals / Visible Minorities / Ethnic Minorities
- Petrollers: 28.5% / 1.2% / 3.9% / 2.2%
- Researchers: 35.5% / 0.9% / 2.7% / 1.9%
- Officers or Directors: 14.5% / 0.9% / 2.6% / 2.8%
Source: Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Police Reality, May 2021.