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Police Short on Hispanic Officers, AP Finds

September 09, 2014  | 

The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect.

But an analysis by The Associated Press found that the racial gap between black police officers and the communities where they work has narrowed over the last generation, particularly in departments that once were the least diverse.

A much larger disparity, however, is now seen in the low number of Hispanic officers in police departments. In Waco, Texas, for example, the community is more than 30 percent Hispanic, but the police department of 231 full-time sworn officers has only 27 Hispanics.


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Concerned Citizen @ 9/9/2014 3:26 PM

I'm sick of this PC Orwellian garbage! Newspeak from the AP! Who cares about Latino officers? When much of Latinos here are Illegal Aliens?! How about giving US Citizens JOBS?! Why not deputize US Citizens? They can DO THE JOB ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN'T! DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS! Don't let the Mainstream Media like the AP influence your opinion. The media uses Psychological techniques like the Hegelian Dialect, to move their Narrative and agenda foreword. My question for Holder and O is, would they invite Nazi's to "Immigrate" during WWII to the USA so we all can speak GERMAN? It doesn't matter what COLOR of skin a person is, we have a right for our OWN CULTURE! That means speaking ENGLISH ETC! Not German, or Spanish! I guess these guys would be Nazi sympathizers, the way they push the agenda of La Raza, THE BROWN NAZIS!

JJ @ 9/9/2014 3:50 PM

I THINK YOU WILL FIND LAPD IS OVER 50% HISPANIC COPS! SO IS LA, MEXICO NORTH We have a disproportion of Mexican law makers in CA, that is why the wet backs are overrunning the state.

kevCopAz @ 9/9/2014 4:03 PM

How stupid is that? Should we take a yearly censes of the population and have an exact representation of the Races there? Perhaps fire whatever race is over represented and hire a "new color"? Perhaps the AP should look at the percentages of race and gender that they have on their staff related to the population as a whole. Perhaps the NAACP needs to hire some white folks, or LA RAZ hire some more Asians and Blacks on their staffs. Maybe we should hire teachers based on race % also. DUMB DUMB DUMB! Im so Fi...ng sick of these stupid, trouble making press who have aero common sense and care nothing about safety, common sense, the system or anything but reporting a story, true or not!. The color of a Officer north color of a suspect should EVER EVER EVER matter during an arrest.

kevCopAz @ 9/9/2014 4:09 PM

More! looks like we have to fire anyone of any race or gender that is over the percentage of that race or gender in the population of a given area. Oh I forgot sexual orientation, better have that percentage correct also, including transponders, "questioning" genders cross dressers etc. Then we have to add to that the different languages, yes they may be Latino, but are they Spanish speaking, Portuguese speaking? we need more Vietnamese speakers, mandarin speakers, etc etc and even some cops with Irish russian and italian accents so they are correctly represented in the mix. I forgot the Deaf, the Blind and the physically handicapped also. We need EVERYONE equally represented. Otherwise we are "racist, homophobic,sexist,anti special needs etc etc….. SOOOOOO F-ING stupid.

Staniel @ 9/9/2014 4:11 PM

Criminality and stupidity is never bound by race or color. Criminality is a cultural issue, which can be fixed with strong leadership. Stupidity can't be fixed. It has to be voted out of office. I'm so glad my supervisor is a competent leader. He even translates for me when I arrest illegals. Not many people speak Korean down here.

Joe @ 9/9/2014 4:21 PM

It's funny how the two opinions above speak maliciously about Hispanics. How come they don't speak as negatively about blacks? Because they are scared of the black man. Everyone who is qualified has a chance to get on the job. I don't believe and there should not be affirmative action when it comes to hiring cops. The real question should be why aren't people taking the tests to get on the job, regardless of race or ethnicity. Yes that's right being Hispanic is not a race it's an ethnicity group. The world, for those who are unaware, without getting to technical has three races; white, black and Asian. Why aren't people taking the tests to get on, because little by little legislators keep eroding a cops authority. Listen to all the garbage that was said during FERGUSON, MO incident. The cop is damned if he acts and damned if he doesn't. Just take a look at NYPD, it's heading back to the Dinkins days with this new mayor.
So why would anyone want to be a cop these days?

Adam @ 9/9/2014 7:22 PM

I'm a Hispanic cop, and have been for 35 years. I am also conservative and think anyone breaking the law should be held accountable. I also think a department, when possible, should reflect the community it serves. Your juvenile comments make me sick.

eodk9trainer @ 9/10/2014 3:10 AM

to JJ. Wetbacks? You need to grow up and move on. If you really are a police officer I feel for your community and agency.

eodk9trainer @ 9/10/2014 3:11 AM

Adam. You hit the nail on the head. "When possible" As long as we don't lower our hiring standards I see no problem with diversity in our field.

Getum @ 9/10/2014 4:56 AM

What ever happened to hire the best person for the job??? How cares if they are "Hispanic" (or what ever they call themselves these days), white, black!!!! Hiring by race is not smart and breeds problems from the start.....

Capt. Crunch @ 9/10/2014 11:29 AM

@33, You should be ashamed of the comment you wrote. Just for the record I'm, a white guy in California.

132&Bush @ 9/10/2014 3:10 PM

Geography major here.

The Hispanic population pyramid tends to be young (under 21) uneducated and ILLEGAL. And very important they don't come from places with a history of public service were cops are looked up to and admired. It's hard get cops from this population yet:

According to the LAPD and Latin American Law Enforcement Association, in 2013, the Los Angeles Police Department was 81% male, 34.9% of the department was white, 43.6% of the department was Hispanic/Latino, 11.6% was African American, 7.2% was Asian, 2.2% was Filipino American, and 0.8% Indian and Other Ethnicities.[Wikipedia]

And this reporter is such an idiot.

TheRookie @ 9/10/2014 3:15 PM

It's not being short on any given race it's the fact that a once honorable career field is a liability career now. When I was active our Sgt. or Lt. on up told us at every staff or training meeting that our job was to enforce the laws and theirs was to play politics. It's not that way any longer. I've got ex-colleagues that now have to have special insurance so their house(s), property(ies), retirement funds, etc. can't be taken by a civil lawsuit. They have special insurance for use-of-force and/or use-of-firearms. Always Monday Morning QB'd, Reports are usually never good enough, always having to explain your split second reactions over & over again, now body cameras will be the norm. What next a rectal thermal rodtip to read what your inner self feels.

132&Bush @ 9/10/2014 3:19 PM

Sorry this part got cut off.

Reporter is idiot because he doesn't understand basic population geography. There is a much lower percent of Hispanics qualified to be officers out of their total population just based on age and citizenship.

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