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Men allege sexual discrimination at Swedish police academy

TT/David Landes · 29 Jul 2011, 18:11

Published: 29 Jul 2011 18:11 GMT+02:00

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The ombudsman has received around 80 complaints from men alleging they weren't admitted to police training programmes because of their gender.

The complaints come on the heels of an initiative by the Centre for Justice (Centrum för rättvisa) examining suspicions that police academy recruiting efforts put male applicants at a disadvantage relative to female applicants.

According to the Centre, there may be "thousands" of cases of sexual discrimination.

In its analysis, the Centre found that, for several years in a row the police academies have admitted the same number of men as women, despite the fact that fewer than 40 percent of applicants were women and that they generally performed worse on the language and physical parts of admissions tests.

"Men have had a much more difficult time than women getting in to the final interviews and have therefore had a much harder time gaining a spot in the programmes," Clarence Crafoord, head of the Centre for Justice, said in a statement.

"There is much to suggest that illegal discrimination occurs widely when it comes to admission to National Police Academy."

The men want the ombudsman to look into whether or not it's legal to deny male applicants a spot to train to become a police officer in favour of female applicants, even if the men outperform women on entrance tests.

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"If they don't have the right to make that choice, it's really wrong," Mats Hedin, who was denied a spot at a police education programme at Linné University, told TV4.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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18:28 July 29, 2011 by MarshaLynn
If I need the police to protect me from bad guys, I would far prefer a very large man with great strength than a female. It is ridiculous how modern western culture is feminizing their police forces and military forces, when in fact the police and military by definition require the physical strength of males. It's an absurdity, but then western culture has become absurd.
19:47 July 29, 2011 by eurobloke

I seem that you don't understand the concept of modern policing that includes neighbourhood, investigation and administrative policing. It is more the "wham, bam, thank you ma'am", of reactive policing, with the idea of thick muscles.

You need a good head, for example sorting out the reams of paperwork that are a neccessary evil.
19:54 July 29, 2011 by darky
I guess they need more women who will sit in the offices and go on longer maternity leaves so that when there is a call for emergency or help, the cops will arrive late and do nothing. This is pure nonsense.
23:26 July 29, 2011 by wxman
Come on, this should be axiomatic. We all know women have the physical and psychological make-up more attuned to police work than most men do.
00:22 July 30, 2011 by Smallnose
I thought to be smart and was aware of their policies. So I adaped my normal behaviour, dress and motions a bit. But I was turned down anyway. I behaved in a too feminine manner they said.
01:40 July 30, 2011 by blursd
In the United States this is called "Affirmative Action" ...
02:55 July 30, 2011 by conboy
When it comes to the Swedish police maybe an all woman force would be the best solution
06:44 July 30, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Why don't you ask this woman why the men find it necessary to file charges?

Nyamko Sabuni
09:53 July 30, 2011 by calebian22

"....they generally performed worse on the language and physical parts of admissions tests."

It would appear that the female applicants were inferior regarding the "good head" (as you put it) as well.
10:58 July 30, 2011 by lovedealer76
Is it not just a few days a ago,i commented on an article about this same gender bull! in this country?too bad i can't remember what subject was it really about.

This are my exact words,we're living in a country that women are regarded as the supreme human being,children,pets e.g dog,cat and the rest can come in any

order,that's where men come's in,how sad/rediculous is that?.....
11:38 July 30, 2011 by Streja
lovedealer, loads of female applicants to the vet uni were denied even though they had better grades than the male applicants who got in. They reported it just like the men have now done, and they won.

I hope the men win the argument, however, I would like an overhaul of the application process.
22:04 July 30, 2011 by eurobloke
Now I can understand the physical tests as women has smaller muscles so they are less strong, but I don't agree about being worst in the language tests.

I do know that sometimes organisations like to try and preference candidates from certain areas like education (as in state schools), disability as well as gender, so this nothing new. I know forces are trying to make their entries more representative of the general population to try and like it to their commmunites.
13:38 July 31, 2011 by Imperor

It's not about what you think or agree to, the test results showed that women who performed worse were admitted over men who performed better!

It also doesn't say that women in general were worse, just that those who were got priority.

And as for the myth that women would make better police, that's obviously not thought of by people who ever met any real police in the field! Female officers tend to feel physically inadequate when confronting men, this does NOT make them take a more "psychological" approach however! They reach for their weapons instead and hit twice as hard for half the reason that men do as well! (Not all, of course, but a lot).

Fundamentalist Political Correctness is one of the major threats to Sweden these days. We'd rather oppress 99% of the populace than bother the last 1%.

Allergic, Phobic, Stupid, Disabled, Man, Woman, Gay, Religious? That's _Your_ Problem! Don't take it out on Everybody else!!!

-This entire house must be torn down for there is no wheelchair access!

-It's a store that sells trampolines...

-What?! And paraplegics aren't allowed to use those!?


-This Abomination must be stopped! Trampolines are hereby Illegal and the police must put every resource into persecuting these vile criminals! Rapists and child abusers will have to wait until this grave injustice has been stopped and No-one can use a trampoline!
11:45 August 1, 2011 by Streja
Imperor, I think you fill find that the Swedish Police very rarely use their guns.
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