by Benjamin Shingler
Originally published: March 25, 2016
Numbers compiled by CBC News show Quebec police forces lagging in hiring of visible minorities
Quebec's police academy doesn't have "a lot of influence" over whether visible minorities apply to become officers, says a spokesman for the academy.
Pierre Saint-Antoine, director of communications of École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet, said racial minorities made up five per cent of its student population in 2015, despite attempts to "recruit people from all diversities and communities in Quebec."
"We don't have a lot of influence on the people that apply here," Saint-Antoine said, adding that Nicolet has a program in place, in conjunction with the Quebec government, to encourage more diversity among applicants.
Saint-Antoine's comments come after numbers compiled by CBC News show that Quebec police forces are lagging in their hiring of visible minorities.