Editorial: Worcester Police recognized for recruiting gains

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One week ago, the U.S. Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement.”

The 81-page report “examines barriers and promising practices – in recruitment, hiring and retention – for advancing diversity in law enforcement.”

“Ensuring that law enforcement agencies represent the diversity of the communities they serve can help restore trust and improve policing,” Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said. “Building on innovative and creative strategies implemented by law enforcement around the country, our report highlights how agencies are bridging divides and creating lasting results.”

A view of downtown Worcester

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A view of downtown Worcester

“When law enforcement agencies remove barriers to equal opportunity, the agencies and the diverse communities that they serve both stand to benefit,” EEOC chair Jenny R. Yang said.

The Worcester Police Department was one of 10 departments nationwide lauded for their efforts in recruiting a more diverse workforce.

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