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How local law enforcement stacks up on matching diversity of Gainesville, Hall County communities
08122020 DIVERSITY
Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish, center left, and Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch, right, attend the first part of a conversation series put on June 18, 2020, by the Newtown Florist Club, Gainesville's civil rights group. - photo by Nick Watson
As the national spotlight has shown on law enforcement agencies and race relations, local community activists say agencies should focus on staff diversity. Leaders of those agencies agree that reflecting the population served is ideal, but for various reasons both agencies struggle to reach that goal for some demographics.