Some may argue that "diversifying" a police force is an unnecessary evil, but those folks might want to consider this: In a city that is roughly 37 percent non-white, the MPD is more than 83 percent Caucasian. And it's still a good old boys club: White males make up 70 percent of the force.
Here's the breakdown, by ethnicity and gender, of the MPD's 798 sworn officers:
Caucasion male: 551 Caucasion female: 114
African American male: 46 African American female: 4
Latino male: 34 Latina female: 0
American Indian male: 18 American Indian female: 7
Asian American male: 23 Asian American female: 1