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Department Drop: Percent and Officers

department drop: But efforts made in the last two years have done little to change the department's makeup, according to NOW Magazine. Of 179 sworn officers on staff, 157 are white, 14 are black, six are Hispanic and two are listed as other, according to information released by the department. Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said July 11 his agency is consistently working to increase diversity. Since July 2016, the percentage of white officers has risen from 88 to 89 percent, while black officers have seen their representation in the department drop from 9 percent to 8 percent. Less than 63 percent of the population is white. Twenty-seven percent of Gastonia residents are black, according to July 2017 U.S. census data. ( As reported in the news.