Colo.: Denver sheriff's staff diversity hailed

By Lou Kilzer, Rocky Mountain News

Colo. -- The Denver sheriff's department stands out in hiring women and minorities, Safety Manager Al LaCabe said Wednesday. In contrast to the city's police and fire departments, minority sheriff's deputies actually are over-represented when compared with the city's population, according to a report LaCabe gave City Council members.

Nineteen percent of deputies are black, and nearly 28 percent are Hispanic. Denver residents are 11 percent black and 32 percent Hispanic, according to census data.

Whites make up 51 percent of the sheriff's force, although they comprise 65 percent of the city's population. (The census counts Hispanics in multiple categories, pushing the combined total for all races over 100 percent.)

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