07/09/2011

Pa. Police say they're recruiting more minorities

No one is predicting an easy time increasing diversity, and not just because court oversight ended

By Nathan Gorenstein
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania State Police say they are ramping up efforts to recruit more black and Hispanic troopers, an attempt to get back to the fully integrated force that existed a decade ago - when a federal court was watching.

In 1999, the racial makeup of the state police nearly mirrored Pennsylvania's - about 12 percent nonwhite. But as of May, the number of black state troopers had fallen to 158 on a force of 4,100, or about 3.8 percent.

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