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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