Diversity Drops Among Boston Police Rank-and-File

A Herald review found that while the city has made strides diversifying its command staff, there’s been a drop in the number of police officers of color.

Police Commissioner William Evans said the civil service exam makes it difficult reach diversity goals, producing “overwhelmingly white” recruit classes, he told the Herald.

The leader of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association, Jacobo Negrón of the Harvard University Police, told the Herald areas like East Boston and Jamaica Plain need more officers of Hispanic origin.

For more on how the racial makeup of the Boston Police has changed since Mayor Marty Walsh took over, please click through to the Herald.

The number of minority rank-and-file Boston police officers has dipped slightly during Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 16 months in office – despite his repeated vows to increase diversity – leaving the force out of step with the city it’s serving and protecting, a Herald review found.

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