MINNEAPOLIS - Thirteen people are embarking on a path to become Minneapolis Police officers, the first recruiting class to begin training in three years.
Police spokesman Sergeant William Palmer says this is one of the most diverse classes the department has ever had. It includes 12 men and one woman; seven candidates are people of color.
The recruits are scheduled to graduate from the academy and begin their field training process in January of 2013.
"Hiring candidates with this level of talent and diversity is important to the trust we have built within the diverse population that is Minneapolis," said Assistant Police Chief Janee' Harteau. "As we move forward we will strive to continue this trend. Only the best and brightest should wear the MPD uniform."
The Minneapolis Police Department anticipates that this will be the first of a number of classes that will begin within the next few years as retirements within the police department accelerate.
More than 600 people applied for 25-30 openings for the class anticipated for 2013. Because there is so much interest from prospective recruits, this allows the MPD to screen the candidates and put together the most promising and diverse class possible.
"This recruit class of future homegrown officers will help us ensure that the department looks like and comes from the many communities it serves," said Mayor R.T Rybak.
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