Since Richard Pennington became the city's fourth consecutive black police chief officer in 1994, the number of black ranking officers (sergeant to superintendent) has soared from 13 to 32 percent. Women supervisors now comprise 12 percent of the rank, up from 9 percent six years ago. There are five Latin-American supervisors today; one American Indian, a sergeant; and no Asian-American rank.
Whites today make up 75 percent of the 39 members in the top command, from captain to chief. Blacks make up 25 percent. The two women -- a deputy chief and one captain -- represent 5 percent of the top cops.
Command figures also include four deputy chiefs: two black and two white. There are three majors -- two whites and one black. Of the 31 captains, 24 are white, six are black and one is Latin American. Six years ago, there were 28 captains: 23 whites, three blacks, two Latin Americans and two women.
Last month, there were 67 lieutenants: 43 whites, 22 blacks and two Latin Americans. There were 10 women. In 1994, there were 77 lieutenants: 66 whites, 10 blacks and one Latin American. There were four women lieutenants.
Of the 243 sergeants today, there are 154 whites, 86 blacks, two Latin-American sergeants, and one American Indian. Six years ago, there were 229 sergeants on the force, including 179 whites, 44 blacks, five Latin Americans and one American Indian. There were 25 women with "stripes."