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Lack of diversity in local law enforcement

February 26, 2019 08:28 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Community-police relations have been an issue for decades, but lately even more so. News10NBC is taking a look closer look at diversity in local law enforcement. What we found may surprise you. 

The Rochester Police Department is federally mandated to hire one minority for every three white officers. However, the numbers aren't where they should be. Our local law enforcement is overwhelmingly white. 

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Police departments across the country have been trying to increase their minority numbers. The goal is to have a police department that reflects your community. 

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd sat down for a candid conversation with Monroe County Sheriff's Commander Janson McNair. He's the first African American bureau chief in the department. 

"I think you will see race does absolutely matter," said Commander McNair. "There are situations sometimes where there are cultural differences. Folks just don't understand, and I don't expect you to understand because you didn't live that."

For the past several weeks, News10NBC has been gathering data from local law enforcement. We'll show you the numbers Tuesday night on News10NBC at 6. We'll also compare them to police departments and sheriffs' offices around the country. We also ask: what's being done to change it.

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