This caused me to exhibit a mighty large HUH?!?!?! Its got to be the most foolish thing I've heard in awhile, on a number of levels.
North Miami police say they are dropping the requirement for a year. They say few departments require swimming and their officers rarely save people in water.
Officials also believe the requirement discourages African-Americans and Haitian Americans from applying. The issue surfaced a year ago when a Haitian-American city councilman asked police to drop the requirement because he said blacks historically can't swim.
OK, leaving aside how ludicrous it is to suggest that blacks don't know how to swim (or that blacks from an Island nation surrounded by water don't know how to swim), I find it incredulous that the police in a city know as much for activities taking place on the water as on land don't think there is a need for police officers to swim. Certainly these guys never saw an episode of Miami Vice.