What are we doing to retain a diverse workforce?

The best strategies are intended to make all employees feel welcome and valued. Supervisors must speak to staff and understand what helps them want to perform better. Discriminatory practices must be eliminated and offensive conduct prohibited.

We strongly encourage supervisors, who are also responsible for performance evaluations, to take the time to understand their staff. The success of each officer reflects on the quality of supervision being provided. We seek to promote those individuals who demonstrate merit and leadership skills.

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1. Have you done an audit of the department to review potential inequities as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion?
2. What is the breakdown of staff in the Lexington Police Department by rank? What is the diversity makeup of the Department?
3. Does Town Counsel have the DEI expertise to recognize policies that might have unintended consequences for historically marginalized people? Specific expertise is needed for many DEI policy issues.
4. How do the racial demographics of the Lexington Police match up with Lexington's racial demographics? If they do not match up very well, what are the hiring goals for the future?
5. What are we doing to retain a diverse workforce?