The White House is expected to unveil an “affirmative action” officer next week.
The new officer, who will be a civilian and not a sworn officer, will be selected by the president and will be part of an administration task force that is trying to boost diversity in the police force.
“He’s the first of his kind,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week.
“We’re very proud of the work that he’s been doing.”
The White in chief has not officially named a replacement officer, but Psaki said the task force is “hopeful” that the officer will be announced by the end of the week.
A recent report by the Justice Department found that about 20% of law enforcement officers in the United States are white.
As part of the Justice department’s probe, the task group also studied whether the number of black officers in local police departments is increasing.
In 2015, the Justice inspector general found that local police officers were less likely to make the choice to use force against suspects with the same race as themselves than they were to use the force against their suspects with different races.
But a 2016 study from the University of Washington found that the disparity was still significant.
The study found that nearly 80% of the white officers in cities with populations of 10,000 or more people said they would use force in a crime if their victim was black or Hispanic.
About 20% said they’d use force if their victims were white.
Only 15% of those white officers who said they had used force against an individual with the victim’s race had the same response if the victim was Hispanic.
The task force will also look at whether more diverse police departments are also more likely to respond to calls for service and whether they have a lower rate of use-of-force incidents.