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City taking steps to bring diversity to police force

Photo by Chris Caya

The city of Buffalo is looking to "revolutionize" community-based policing. Part of that initiative is a new scholarship program for residents seeking a career in law enforcement. 

Mayor Byron Brown made the announcement at Mt. Olive Baptist Church surrounded by many of the same people who turned out less than a year ago for a forum on ways to improve relations between police and residents.

"When people see law enforcement officers in the city going forward, we want them to see a reflection of themselves," Brown told the gathering.

An intense screening process will involve a written assessment, oral interview and physical agility test, Brown said. The city's recruiting focus is expected to center on minorities and women. Up to 50 candidates will receive a full $6,800 scholarship to the police academy.

The application deadline is November 13th.