Opinion: Local law enforcement hopes to diversify their workforce: will that help? ! | Daniella Cresman

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It’s a problem plaguing America: corrupt, mostly white cops making decisions within sixty seconds that have resulted in the deaths of many innocent black men and women.

The history of the police force is one of oppression: they were once called “the slave patrol”, during this sordid period of our country’s history.

In New Mexico, I have spoken personally to many black people who think the police are prejudiced against them. As a white woman, I don’t have the same issues. I’ve also never heard a white man complain about the cops in the same way.

While progress is often slow, some people are doing their best to make an impact where they can: New Mexico police want to be more inclusive. After all, if more black men and women are part of the force, it could mean less unfair punishment for the black community as a whole.

“Of those 892 officers, there are only 25 to 30 African Americans in the entire force,” said Pastor David Walker of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. “When you think of the black women in the department. Right now, we had a black woman graduating from the police academy. She’s the only black woman in the department. —Britanny Costello

The police department as it stands is mostly made up of white, Hispanic, and Latino workers.

“Law enforcement hasn’t always been nice to black people,” said Dr. Harold Bailey, president of the NAACP. “So there is a history of violence, a history of police brutality. So we have to work hard to change the attitude and the perception that we have. —Britanny Costello

Police are making efforts to recruit more black people and create a more diverse workforce, which is certainly an important part of the equation, but, I mean, let’s face it: it’s not easy to to be a black cop in a culture that feels — and it often does! — deeply biased.

Addressing the deep-rooted biases that many carry and acknowledging the often unwarranted police brutality that has plagued the black community for generations should be the next step: perhaps it means changing the culture of force itself. This may include more sensitivity training, but it seems like people really want to work for a better future, even though it will probably take a long time, and it might even take a lot of uncomfortable conversations between people of different races. different.

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