As another discrimination lawsuit against the Burbank Police Department heads to trial — this time for a female officer alleging she was subjected to verbal harassment because of her gender, ethnicity, marital status and pregnancy — recent figures show a male-dominated force still working to become more representative of the city’s population.
Of the department’s 157 sworn officers, just 15 are females — or less than 10% — as of May, the latest figures available, according to police.
Police commanders acknowledge that there is still progress to be made on making the department more diverse, but say their primary goal is to hire the best officers available.
An Asian woman and a Latina hold the rank of detective but no women hold positions higher than detective, documents show.
But despite the male-dominated ratio, police say never before have there been so many women in the department.
“While progress is modest, we continue to seek the best to reflect the diversity of the community we serve,” Deputy Chief Tom Angel said in an email.