Garcia steadily mentions that he emigrated from Spain together with his household when he was 3 years outdated, and he could be the primary Hispanic ever elected Erie County sheriff.
“No, I don’t assume that’s enough minority illustration,” Kimberly Beaty, the Democratic candidate, stated of the street patrol’s present make-up.
Like Garcia, she spent most of her regulation enforcement profession with the Buffalo Police Division. It’s the county’s most racially various company, however nonetheless doesn’t match the town it serves.
The Buffalo pressure in 2020 was 68% white in a metropolis lower than half white. However some businesses – these serving the village of Kenmore, the Metropolis of Tonawanda and the village of Depew, for instance – have been all white in 2020, the newest 12 months for which statistics have been supplied to the state Division of Legal Justice Companies.
Countywide, police businesses have been 86% white and 87% male, the figures present. However exterior Buffalo, police forces in Erie County have been 98% white.
“We’d see an aggressive recruitment marketing campaign,” Beaty stated of her effort to deliver extra racial range to the street patrol in order that it sometime mirrors the county inhabitants.
If elected, she could be the primary African American and the primary girl to function Erie County sheriff.