At a time of national reckoning and outcry over systemic racism, prominent proposals for addressing police brutality call for law enforcement agencies to more closely reflect the demographics of communities they serve. Now, one of the first studies of its kind — published in the journal Science — finds that deploying officers of color as well as female officers could reduce shootings and improve how police treat Black residents.

 

“In line with the assertions of many social justice advocates, we find that officers of color and female officers are less likely to stop, arrest or use force than their white or male counterparts,” said Jonathan Mummolo, assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University and one of the authors. “Especially when encountering minority civilians, when working in common circumstances. So diversity in policing yields tangible effects.”

 

Amid recent calls for sweeping police reform prompted, in part, by last year’s death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, police officers on iMiMatch are adopting a very conscious behavior towards their job. The killing of George Floyd had made it undeniable that policing is one of the most pressing political and social issues of our time. And police officers on iMiMatch are taking that into account and changing the narrative. If others are doing it wrongly, immigrants on iMiMatch have understood that if racism has to end, it should begin with them not retaliating the discrimination they bear. For these police officers on iMiMatch, the change has to begin by them.