Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Montreal police force still falls short on diversity, anti-racism activist says - CBC

by Benjamin Shingler,
Originally published: May 2, 2016

Despite efforts to diversify, Montreal's police force remains overwhelmingly white, according to its latest annual report. 

Only 324 officers out of 4,586 in the police force are visible minorities, making up seven per cent of the total, the 2015 report says.

That's slightly up from five years ago, in 2011, when a total of 291 of 4,502 officers were minorities, for a total of 6.5 per cent.

Overall, visible minorities make up 32 per cent of the city's population, according to Statistics Canada.

The lack of diversity is even more striking among female officers. Only 56 of Montreal police's 1,459 female officers are minorities. 

"Obviously, we need to do more," said Fo Niemi, executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, a Montreal-based civil rights organization.