Lancaster taking steps to diversify police force

Lancaster taking steps to diversify police force
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    JERE: LANCASTER POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR OFFICERS TO JOIN THE FORCE. LORI: FIRST, YOU NEED TO PASS THE TESTING PROCESS, AND SEVERAL GROUPS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP WITH THAT. SHANNON, YOU ARE HERE TO EXPLAIN THIS. SHANNO THE LANCASTER NAACP, CITY POLICE, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LANCASTER AND THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY ARE ALL TEAMIING UP TO PROVIDE THE CLASS FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE IDEA BEHIND THE PILOT PROGRAM IS TO ATTRACT A DIVERSE POOL OF APPLICANTS FOR THE POLICE. HERE IS A LOOK AT THE BREAKDOWN OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE CITY POLICE. 87% OF THE OFFICERS ARE WHITE. WHILE ONLY 41% OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE CITY ARE WHITE. LANCASTER CITY POLICE CHIEF , JARRED BERKIHEISER BELIEVES OFFERING THIS COURSE COULD HELP THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REFLECT THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE AND HE HOPES THIS IDEA IS PICKED UP EVEN OUTSIDE THE CITY. >> WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS REPLICATED THROUGHOUT LANCASTER COUNTY. POSSIBLY EXPANDING IT TO COLUMBIA BOROUGH OR REACHING OUT TO THE NORTHERN END OF THE COUNTY AND PERFORMING SOME OF THE SAME SERVICES. SHANNO CHIEF BERKIHEISER SAYS RIGHT NOW THE DEPARTMENT HAS SIX OPENINGS BUT THAT COULD EXPAND TO UP TO 30 IN THE NEXT 3 YEARS WITH RETIREMENTS. THE PREP COURSE WILL RUN FOR 5 WEEKS STARTING TOMORRO FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU C
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