Weis: CPD committed to diversity

March 10, 2010 5:03:49 PM PST
Chicago's police superintendant says he's committed to increasing diversity in the department.

Last week, four Hispanic officers were promoted to command positions. Superintendant Jody Weis says he will also expand representation of African-Americans, Asians and other minority groups. But Weis says a shortage of minorities in the lower ranks is restricting minority promotions.

"We have a very small number of lieutenants, both on the African-American side of the house and on the Latino side, it's ridiculously small. We don't have a high representation in the captain's ranks, so what we have to do is start building from our base," said Weis.

Weis says he wants a department that more accurately reflects the city's population.