PITTSBURGH, PA (March 15, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh welcomed 62 new recruits to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police academy Monday, in numbers reflecting the City’s commitment to a qualified and diverse bureau.
Of the recruits there are 7 African American males, 3 Hispanic males, 1 Asian male, 46 white males and 5 white females, meaning the class is made up of 18% racial minorities. Forty-seven are new to policing and 15 are already certified under state Act 120, meaning they have prior police training.
The makeup of the class reflects efforts by the city’s Department of Personnel and the Bureau of Police to revamp police recruitment efforts. Changes have included introducing a recruitment website called JoinPghPolice; creating a candidate/police officer mentor program; using social media; emailing updates to applicants; hosting recruitment events and information sessions in City neighborhoods; partnering with various internal and external groups to increase recruitment outreach; and offering pre-test preparation courses for oral examinations.
"Our recruitment efforts are adding to an eminently qualified and diverse Bureau that reflects the makeup of the City. We still have a long way to go, but I want to thank Police and Personnel officials for all their work, and welcome these new recruits to one of the best police police forces in the country," Mayor William Peduto said.
The class accounts for more than half of the 120 police recruits the City intends to hire this year. The next class is anticipated to begin at the academy on August 1, and another on December 5.
According to Police Chief Cameron McLay, the diversity recruitment efforts will be expanded further in the coming months, with particular emphasis on improving gender and racial diversity.
In future recruitment drives the Personnel Department plans to expand its outreach with a possible fitness test preparation program, and continue work with the Hill House's First Source Center to recruit talent and provide social services to applicants to assist them through the Civil Service testing and hiring process.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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