RI State Police aim to diversify ranks

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island State Police are teaming up with Providence College and community leaders to introduce state police culture to young men and women.

The collaboration hopes to influence men and women to apply for permanent positions within the state police.

“Citizens will be trained on the physical aspects involved in being a state trooper which is where they lose the most people during their recruitment process,” Col. Steven O’Donnell said. “Recruits of all ethnic backgrounds are being lost during this portion of the program.”

The new diversity academy will begin on June 21 and runs for six weeks- Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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