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RPS considers ‘diversity class’ of female, Indigenous, minority recruits – Regina Leader Post

Jul 27, 2021

Regina police are looking at reserving some batches of new recruits for underrepresented groups.

The Regina Police Service (RPS) is considering reserving some batches of new hires for Indigenous, female and visible minority candidates as it looks to meet targets for diversity and inclusion.

The idea is a dedicated “diversity class” of recruits sent to the Saskatchewan Police College, which trains two classes of prospective officers for municipal forces across the province each year.

Currently, nine per cent of sworn Regina police officers identify as Indigenous people, who make up 10 per cent of the city’s population according to the 2016 census. About five per cent of officers are members of visible minorities, compared to a 19 per cent share of Regina’s population.

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