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Latest Police Recruit Class is Most Diverse in County History

Towson, Maryland (July 2, 2013) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the County's latest police recruit class continues to reflect the County's increasing diversity.

The newest class has 38 recruits, of which 50 percent are minorities, the most diverse class in County history; 34 percent are women; and 13 percent are military veterans. Members of the 137th recruit class began training on June 15.

A Diverse Work Force

"I am extremely proud of the progress we continue to make to diversify our work force," said County Executive Kamenetz. "It is critical to public safety that the community trusts our police officers, and having a department that is representative of the community it protects is vital to that effort."

Last year, the County announced a hiring preference in public safety positions for returning veterans, and the addition of five veterans in this recruit class is reflective of that effort. "This recruit class is solid evidence that the changes we are implementing are working," said Kamenetz.

Recruiting Qualified Applicants

Baltimore County has made a concerted effort to recruit qualified minority applicants for its police and fire departments. Recently released U.S. Census statistics indicate a County population of 817,455 residents, a 1.5 percent increase since 2012, with a 35 percent minority population, including 28 percent African-American, 5.2 percent Asian and 4.4 percent Hispanic.

"This effort to diversify the Baltimore County Police department is extremely important," said Police Chief Jim Johnson. "Our department is stronger and more effective as a result of this effort."

"The news that Baltimore County continues to diversity its police and fire departments is very encouraging," said Tony Fugett, President of the Baltimore County NAACP. "I am convinced that the efforts of the current administration to reach out into the minority community will pay dividends."

Read the diversity analysis (PDF) updated on July 1, 2013.