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Audit Finds Giuliani's Racial Hiring Record Is Not Ready for Prime Time

In April 1997, Police Commissioner Howard Safir responded to the findings with a letter to the EEPC in which he agreed to include the department's EEO deputy commissioner "in all executive level staff meetings." He also agreed to "utilize minority-oriented publications as mandated by the City's EEOP, when advertising job vacancies," and to "conduct documented adverse-impact studies on all devices used to select Department employees." The Voice tried to determine if more actions have been taken since the audit, but the commissioner's office did not return repeated calls and faxes.

The EEPC audit was concluded before the Giuliani administration cut funding for an innovative recruitment program in its 1998 budget. The five-year-old Cadet Program at City University's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which encouraged CUNY students to join the NYPD by helping to pay their tuition, successfully placed more than 200 graduates into the Police Academy. Sixty-five percent of them were minorities, says James Curran, John Jay's dean of special programs. Curran added that the school has since "lobbied the city council and mayor, but hadn't been able to get funds back for the program."

Nowhere in the mayor's recent recruitment announcement did he make reference to the fate of the John Jay program, the city hiring data, or the EEPC audit. Giuliani and Safir's record on affirmative action is one of "clear failure," says Samuel Walker, a criminal justice professor at the University of Nebraska. Walker, whose widely cited 1992 report on police employment policies ranked New York dead last among major U.S. cities for hiring blacks, adds, "I don't understand the lack of progress [in New York]."

Giuliani says the city will "spend a lot more dollars, more resources" and will mount a 10-to-15-million-dollar ad campaign. But if recruitment ads feature Giuliani's face, will they encourage or discourage minority applicants? Given his record, will those ads do more to help the mayor's unofficial Senate campaign than to change the complexion of the NYPD?

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