IMPD gets extra funding to recruit diverse officers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Tens of thousands of dollars in additional funding will help Indianapolis Metro police recruit more diverse officers.

IMPD leaders say the money will go toward out of state travel to attend job fairs are Midwest colleges and advertising for hiring events.

Just last week, the city-county council approved $50,000 for IMPD recruitment efforts. Police leaders say it is tough to recruit qualified candidates when departments across the country are competing for the same pool of potential officers.

"Policing hasn’t really been that popular on the national spotlight as of late," said Lt. Brian Mahone, from IMPD. "We want to talk to people of every demographic, every nationality, race and gender to say 'Hey look, this is a great profession.'"

Right now, 14 percent of IMPD officers are African American; 2.6 percent of officers are Hispanic; and less than one percent of the force is Asian.

"We need to do a better job in the police agency, and that’s as a police profession," Mahone said. "I think that’s very important because the city’s police department reflects our neighborhoods. So, we’re working to improve our minority recruiting and also working to recruit more women to the profession."

IMPD statistics show women make up 13 percent of the force.

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