Rights activists push to diversify Boston fire, police

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Rights activists push to diversify Boston fire, police

Six-figure-salary public jobs remain primarily with whites

Jule Pattison-Gordon | 6/28/2017, 10:52 a.m.

Community members, elected officials, current and former officers and others gathered at Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers’ offices ...

Police diversity officer Michael Gaskins spoke to attendees at a community forum on police and fire diversity, held in MAMLEO offices. Tanisha Sullivan (left), NAACP president, moderated the discussion. BANNER PHOTO

As people of color have increased their numbers in Boston, the fire and police department workforces have remained primarily white. City officials long have said civil service law is responsible for keeping two of the largest city institutions — and their six-figure paychecks — largely out of the hands of minority residents. Community members, elected officials, current and former officers and others gathered at Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers’ offices last week to discuss solution strategies.

Today, the Boston Police Department is 67 percent white, said one attorney. But less than half of the city population is white. The problem is similar in the fire department, where 72 percent of the force is white.

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