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  • Diversity in ranks limited, Mass. police try to build links

    Boston Globe - 09/02/2014

    Of the state’s most diverse municipalities, Boston’s police department is by far the most representative of its city’s demographics, though the department has struggled to diversify its upper ranks. Black residents make up just over a quarter of the city’s population and make up 23.2 percent of the police force. Asians and Latinos are slightly underrepresented.

    The city last year named William G. Gross as the superintendent in chief, the department’s first black second-in-command.

    While other communities simply advertise a desire for more officers of color, Boston has sent officers into neighborhoods such as Roxbury, Mattapan, and Dorchester to identify and mentor promising candidates for the department, said Jack McDevitt, who runs the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, and tracked Boston’s efforts.

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