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Money For Police Diversity In Proposed Sacramento Budget

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The first item in the City of Sacramento's budget proposal this year is a million dollars to create a police department job-training program. The program is designed to increase diversity.
In 2013, less than half of the city's population was white, but nearly three-quarters of its police force was.

Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers says City Manager John Shirey has made minority-hiring within the police department a priority.

"Even before this came up to council, it was one of the goals that he had set for me was to come up with a plan on how we were going to actually make a difference and move the needle and increase the diversity. So, we've come up with a plan, they're gonna fund it, and we're very excited."

The plan includes reaching out to minorities to participate in internships and to apply for entry-level positions.

Somers says money from the new budget will fund a program to get kids interested in working for the police department as officers, forensic specialists, or office staff.

"There's a whole training part right? So, it's creating a pipeline from our community -from our high schools, our junior colleges and colleges and bringing them in the organization where they understand this is a path I can take. ] You can look at the private sector. A lot of times you'll see a lot of intern programs that are in college that people know that if I want to get into this, I can get this intern and get my foot in the door. So, we're creating that same type of model."

The department has already begun the "Run With A Recruiter" program for people interested in becoming officers.

A "Law Enforcement Hiring Workshop Series" starts tonight. 

Click here to see an interactive graphic about Sacramento's diversity.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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