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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Denver Hispanic POs sue

  • Denver_pd_badgeDENVER (AP) — Latino police officers have filed a federal complaint against the Denver Police Department, claiming it discriminates against them in recruitment, hiring, promotions, discipline and the work environment.

I rode with Kansas City, KS, cops Oct. 21 and a Spanish-speaking officer was crucial in defusing at least one call - a noise complaint against some young men who had placed refrigerator-sized stereo speakers in their mom's car - without her permission!

The Kansas City Police Department lists 42 officers who are Hispanic. That's about 3 percent of the force - less than half the Hispanic proportion in the city as a whole:

Hispanic_proportion_kc_and_kcpd_1Demographic breakdown of the KCPD by sex, race, Hispanic status and rank (PDF)

CORRECTION NOTE: This post originally listed Hispanic P0s at 42, not 48. This error resulted from my omitting the Female Officers column in the above PDF.

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