311 for Cities: Creating a More Diverse Police Force

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network June 26, 2015 Equity

In June 2015, a city submitted a request through the National Resource Network’s 311 for Cities feature regarding best practices for creating a more diverse workforce, with a specific focus on sworn police officers.

The attached write-up was researched, developed and shared with the city by the Network to provide an overview of the challenge and importance of creating a diversified police force, potential barriers, and proven strategies for succeeding in creating a police force more reflective of the community it serves. This document highlights examples from jurisdictions of all size around the country to present a variety of options for a local government to consider when attempting to attract and retain more – and more diverse – sworn officers.

311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and – at its peak – was available to more than 600 cities around the country. Local government staff in these communities could submit a question on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a written response highlighting recent research, relevant case studies and best practices. This is one of those responses. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities, but please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

311 for Cities: Creating a More Diverse Police Force