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Study: Most police departments don't reflect their communities

Study: Most police departments don't reflect their communities
Police LIghts (FILE)
Posted at 10:09 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 13:09:45-04

More conversations are starting to happen within police departments about further improving diversity in the hiring process.

A new analysis from the Washington Post finds many major police forces are still whiter than the communities they serve.

For example, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 49-percent of residents are racial minorities. However, 83-percent of officers are white.

University of Maryland Criminal Justice Professor Maria Velez said when cities have more minorities on their police force that signals accountability and receptiveness.