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Philadelphia Police Looking To Bring In More Diverse Recruits

By Kristen Johanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Philadelphia police are doing something unique this spring, specifically to bring in a variety of candidates.

This April, local, state and Federal departments will gather inside Bright Hope Baptist Church for the Diversity in Law Enforcement Career Fair.

"One of the things we have struggle with in the past is making sure our diversity numbers go up," says Sergeant Robert Ryan with Philadelphia's Police Recruiting Unit, who says about half of Philly cops are minorities, but they want to increase that number.

"We really want the officers who want to give back, serve the community, and be a difference," said Ryan.

He says this past winter, they held a women's career fair, and they are planning one for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community for the summer adding that, "We are hoping that by having more of these career fairs, we are going to increase those numbers."

The event will be held April 9th from 10am to 2pm.

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