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May 21, 2011
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N.C. police dept. recruiting in Puerto Rico

Only 35 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD's 1,758 officers are Hispanics, while another 16 can speak Spanish

FOX News Latino

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Faced with the growth of the Hispanic community in North Carolina, the state's biggest police department is looking for qualified, bilingual recruits in Puerto Rico.

Four officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will be on the Caribbean island for four days next week to interview possible candidates.

Only 35 of the CMPD's 1,758 officers are Hispanics, while another 16 can speak Spanish.

The 2010 Census counted 800,120 Hispanics in North Carolina, 111 percent more than in the previous decade and representing 8.4 percent of the total population. More than half of the state's Latinos are Mexican.

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