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  1. Mark Deniz has been a member of the California State bar for over 11 years.

  2. Mark is involved with the San Diego Bar Association serving on its legal panel.

  3. Due to his legal experience Mark Deniz has the privilege of serving on several attorney panels.

  4. Mark Deniz is a top contributor on Avvo providing outstanding legal advice. Mark Deniz also serves on the Avvo Legal Panel. The only San Diego Criminal Defense attorney who is on the panel.

  5. Mark Deniz is a member of California DUI Lawyers Association.

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    Mark Deniz has been named one of The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top 10” Attorneys.

  7. Mark Deniz has been deemed by The Lead Counsel Rating for providing exceptional legal representation to individuals and businesses.

  8. The firm is a member of the better business bureau who ensures quality service for its clients.

  9. The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  10. Mark Deniz is a member of the prestigious National College for DUI defense and has completed its intensive summer session curriculum conducted at Harvard Law School.

  11. Mark Deniz has received AVVO’s prestigious Clients’ Choice award

  12. The prestigious legal rating service AVVO has consistently given Law Offices of Mark Deniz a "Superb" rating.

  13. Proudly Serving the Community Service 2003

    Mark Deniz has proudly served as a member of the California state bar since 2003.

  14. Mark Deniz has consistently been named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

A look into the demographics of the San Diego Police SDPD force

It has been my observation that the more diverse an organization is the more successful it is.  When I was a prosecutor the best run unit and the best supervisor was a female.  I have worked with people from all walks of life and from every part of the country.  It is tough to get numbers that reflect the population you serve.  However, there likely seems true that certain people feel apprehensive about joining an organization they will not feel fully welcomed in.  I hope SDPD is doing what they can to foster a diverse culture that focuses on professionalism.  

San Diego’s police force mirrors some parts of the community better than others.

Demographic data released by the San Diego Police Department earlier this year showed the agency had about 8 percent fewer Asian American officers and 9 percent fewer Hispanic officers than the percentages reflected in the 2010 U.S. Census for San Diego. The percentage of black officers working for the department, however, nearly matched the percentage of black residents in the community.

The numbers are newly relevant in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen shot and killed by a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer. Since the shooting, huge demographic disparities between the small city’s police force and the community have been revealed.

The differences are far less stark in San Diego, as these charts show.

San Diego’s Demographics

San Diego Police Demographics

These numbers may have shifted a bit since the start of 2014. The police department has shed retiring officers and added new ones who’ve graduated from the police academy.

The police department’s approach with minority residents has gotten significant attention since then. A Voice of San Diego investigation revealed the departmentfailed to follow its own rules for collecting racial data about traffic stops and shed light on police leaders’ contention that racial profiling wasn’t a concern in the city. Those revelations helped spur the department to outfit officers with body camerasand try to curb practices that have offended some community members, including a tendency to immediately ask whether a person is on probation or parole during traffic stops. Police have also started collecting traffic stop data again. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman has hosted community forums to hear residents’ feedback too.

But it’s too early to gauge the long-term impact of these efforts.

At the same time, the department has gotten more cash to recruit officers.

The demographic makeup of the police force hasn’t shifted significantly in recent years but Zimmerman has said she expects that to change as the department seeks new officers.

“With this continued outreach, I would expect that we would be able to attract people to work at the San Diego Police Department from all communities,” she said in February. “I think all of the demographics are going to change.”

At the time, Zimmerman said recent police academy classes had been more diverse.

Changing up the department’s demographic breakdown won’t be easy, though.

Here’s how Penny Harrington, a former a Portland, Ore., police chief who spent years advising police agencies on diversity, summed up the challenge:

“It takes work to recruit minorities and women because minorities and women are suspicious about how they’re going to be treated when they join the police department,” she said.

Harrington added that some minorities may recall negative encounters with police officers, or be unfamiliar with any officers that look like them. They may also worry that their differences will be taken as a sign that they’re less capable or not part of the team.

The latter concern has been voiced here.

Earlier this year, San Diego Black Police Officers Association President Benjamin Kelso said fellow officers questioned his loyalty to the force after he attended local Trayvon Martin marches.

The full article can be found here.


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