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Ottawa Police officers mostly white male in 30s or 40s

A new report shows the typical police officer in our city is a married white male, between the ages of 34 to 44 years old.

The 2012 census of the Ottawa Police Service garnered an 85% response rate.

About 1,600 out of the 1,900 Ottawa Police Service members are white.

Following Monday night's police services board meeting, Police Chief Charles Bordeleau explained one group he would like to see better represented.

"So we need to be out there and working with the Chinese, and the Asian community and their leaders to try and identify candidates that would be great police officers."

He noted that type of recruitment has proved successful in the past.

"We've done some tremendous work with the Somali community where we now have four officers that are Somali and we're not the ones who went out and found those. The community leaders stood up and played an active role in identifying who they felt were great leaders in their community and could be great police officers and brought them to us and they met the criteria," he said.

The census showed there are massive gaps when it comes to the number of women who hold clerical and other similar positions within the Ottawa Police Service compared to those who are sworn officers.

71% of civilian members, whose jobs include dispatch and communications, are female, compared to just 29% of males.

But the reverse is true when it comes to active officers, and Bordeleau said that's not a red flag for him.

"I don't know if it's realistic or if it's needed that we have a 50% female sworn officer population," he told members of the police services board at the Monday meeting.

Bordeleau added there have been increased efforts to recruit women. However, compared to 2005, overall the number of females within the department saw a 3% drop, down to 37% of the total force.

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