INTERVIEW: MPD Recruiting
For the first time in several years, the Minneapolis Police Department is training new officers.
More than a dozen started training at the police academy, and there are some differences in this year’s class.
KSTP talked to Minneapolis Police Department Capt. Larry Doyle about why the training is important.
Right now, there are 149 sworn into the departments, including the 13 they just brought a board, and of the 13, they have seven officers of color and one female officer, Doyle said.
In 2002, they had about 15 percent diversity in the department.
Over the last ten years, Doyle said that they have tried hit the 20 percent mark, which is the highest level of diversity they have ever had.
There were 600 applicants for the 13 positions.