- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police officials in Philadelphia, a city where 44 percent of the population is African-American, are struggling to recruit black police officers.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1L2BM1x ) 1,229 officers have been hired since 2008, the year Mayor Michael Nutter took office and appointed Charles Ramsey as Police Commissioner. Of that group, 64.1 percent is white.

Black officers account for 248 of the new hires. A little more than 15 percent of recruits have been Hispanic, Asian or other races.

Ramsey says finding qualified black candidates has become increasingly difficult. Critics point to the 2013 prerequisite of 60 college credit hours for recruits as one reason for lack of diversity.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says he is proud of the raised standards for recruitment, but efforts are made to hire officers of all races.



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Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, https://www.philly.com

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