Mass. state police looks to diversify


By Shelley Murphy
The Boston Globe

BOSTON — The head of the Massachusetts State Police says he's trying to speed up the hiring of new recruits and attract more women and minorities as the agency faces a possible exodus of retiring troopers over the next few years.

Thirty-nine percent of the department's 2,429 officers are eligible to retire because they've been on the job for more than 20 years, and more than half of those already qualify for a full pension, according to State Police.

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