Representation in police departments is not keeping up with Idaho's Hispanic population growth, writes Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek. In Caldwell, for example, Latinos make up 36% of the population, but only 7% of the police force. Boise has a smaller Latino population, roughly 9%, but still sees a representation gap, with only 3% Latino officers.
Area police agencies are trying various efforts to connect to the Latino community and to recruit more Spanish-speaking officers, Spacek reports. Meanwhile, the Idaho Hispanic Commission is planning a law enforcement summit for next summer to address the issue. You can read Spacek's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Sunday/Monday edition of the Idaho Press.