The main photo on the Lancaster City Police Department Facebook Page (click here).
In response to a Right-To-Know request to the City of Lancaster for the gender and racial breakdown of the Lancaster City Police Department, the following figures were received from Patrick Hopkins, the city Business Administrator:
LANCASTER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Total Employees – 208
Gender/Male – 154
Gender/Female – 54
Race/White – 163
Race/Black – 14
Race/Hispanic – 31
His figures did not break down the race by gender and there is no indication of their position within the police department, so I will request that further breakdown. This is a city position, and while you don’t have to live within the city limits (click here for the employment requirements), the make-up of the police department should reflect the city’s diversity because it is within the city limits and strictly for the city that the jobs are being performed.
According to the 2010 Census (click here), the figures should look far more like this:
Race/White – 92
Race/Black – 32
Race/Hispanic – 78
Race/Asian – 6
And, of course, there is the whole gender issue.
I will contact the city to find out how they are trying to diversify this exceedingly important workforce and have it far better reflect the community they serve.
I will also be checking other city department’s statistics.