I read with disdain the article about alleged bias against Latino advancement in the Los Angeles Police Department (Part A, Dec. 19). Is there discrimination? Based on the numbers you published, bias would appear to be a very real problem. However, there are issues not addressed in the article; issues that are behind the numbers.
Promotion within the LAPD is very arduous and stressful. A vast majority do not succeed in being promoted. To be one of the lucky few, the process requires months of intense study, long periods of time not being able to handle affairs of family life, and a burning desire to succeed.