Achieving diversity a challenge in Upstate police forces

-INDEPENDENT MAIL, 16 APRIL 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Law enforcement agencies in the Upstate do not reflect the diversity of their communities, and leaders are struggling to fix the problem.

Upstate police chiefs and sheriffs said a shrinking pool of applicants is complicating their work to diversify what has been decades of overwhelmingly white and male police forces in the Upstate.

The most diverse cities in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are the ones furthest away from representing their communities in race and gender.

Overall, 80 percent of the officers in the three counties are white men. Most of the departments have forces that are 90 percent male, and most are 90 percent white. <Read More>