Data shows law enforcement officers are overwhelmingly white and male – POLITICO

New Jersey Law Enforcement are predominantly white and male, according to a new report Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin.

The report analyzes statewide data on demographics of law enforcement officers, including race, ethnicity, gender, and age, by comparing them to US census demographics.

Of the state’s 30,505 active, full-time officers, just over 10% are women and nearly 89% are men.

Nearly 70% of officers are white. About 52% of the state’s residents are white, according to census figures.

Hispanic and black officers make up about 18 and 10 percent, respectively, while state residents are about 22 percent Hispanic and 12 percent black. Asian residents make up about 10% of the population and make up about 2% of law enforcement.

Wider gaps exist at the level of state law enforcement agencies. Less than 6% of officers are women and about 75% are white.

“In a state as diverse as New Jersey, it is imperative that law enforcement reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, especially as we seek to build trust between police and the community members they are sworn to protect,” said Platkin in a statement. “This public release of officer demographics is an important step toward transparency and achieving that goal. I applaud our dedicated agencies across the state who are committed to recruiting and training the most effective police force possible.

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