US Police Force is 27% Minority Staffed
Latest stats form the DOJ showed that minorities represent 27.3% of the total 477,000 officers in the country. Blacks represent 12.2% of police officers while they represent 13.2% of the population – dispelling common belief that the US police departments are mostly white men and blacks are under represented. Adding 4,770 black men to the officer rank would have them represented at the same share as the population – this would add less than .5 black officers to each police department (12,000) in the US. The real story in the graph is the lack of increase in Black officer recruitment. While other minorities are increasing recruitment, blacks have remained flat since the mid 1990’s. Researchers give various reasons; written tests that may be culturally biased, failure to pass extensive background checks, physical checks and the overall opinion that blacks have of police.