Mar 17, 2021 - News
The most diverse police class in DSM history
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More than 40% of DSM’s new police recruits scheduled to complete training in May are women or people of color.

Why it matters: That’s the most diverse class in the department’s history, city HR staff told Axios.

The breakdown:

  • 16 white males
  • 5 Hispanic males
  • 4 white females
  • 2 Black males
  • 1 Asian male

The big picture: Des Moines currently has around 360 officers on its force, of which about 90% are white and 30% are female.

  • People of color make up about 35% of DSM’s population, according to the Census Bureau.

Also happening: DMPD organized a 30X30 employee committee, part of a national challenge for agencies to have women make up 30% of law enforcement officers by 2030.

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