Diversity at the Spokane Police Department
Posted by Arroyoribera on October 13, 2007
Because I believe that the issue of diversity (rather the lack of it in all aspects of life in Spokane) is so crucial, I have combined three prior posts on the Spokane Police and its lack of diversity. I believe it is especially important to look at this reality now as the SPD engages in its factually unsubstantiated gang propaganda campaign. And for a perspective on the same issue of lack of diversity in law enforcement on a statewide basis, check out All-White Washington State Tactical Officers Association (WSTOA)
Posted by Arroyoribera on 18th September 2007
These photos are from the Spokane Police Recruitment announcement on their web page.
Some dozen and a half photos posted on the recruitment page of the Spokane Police Department website show about 71 white officers and approximately 5 non-white officers. That is a seven percent ratio, under-representing the minority population in Spokane by at least 30%.
(If you click repeatedly on the refresh button on your browser you will eventually work your way through the photos.)
The contact for applications is Sgt. Chuck Reisenauer, recent past President of the Spokane Police Guild.
This link will take you to other posts from the All-White SPD category at the SpokanePoliceAbuses blog.
Posted by Arroyoribera on 18th July 2007
Posted by Arroyoribera on 28th July 2007
It would appear again that the Spokane Police Department is an all-white police force.
The photos on the Spokane Police Guild website point to that possibility (see slide show in prior entry at this same blogsite).
So does the new newsletter put out by Chief of Police Ann Kirkpatrick. Everyone portrayed, everyone commended, everyone awarded, everyone promoted is white.
One should not be surprised by this. Leaving aside the issue of the town’s history of blatant racism, it is one of the whitest per capita cities in the United States. In fact, per 1994 census data, it was the second whitest city per capita for all cities in the U.S. its size or larger. In other words, of all the cities in the U.S. the size of Spokane or larger, only Lincoln, Nebraska had fewer minorities per every hundred people than Spokane.