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SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police are launching an effort to increase gender and racial diversity within the department’s 2018 recruiting class.

The Westerly Sun reports ( ) state police have devised a four-point plan. Under the strategy, the department will invite potential recruits to orientation sessions, hold panel discussions led by female troopers, organize a Recruit Mentorship Program and improve screening and recruitment methods.

Rhode Island State Police superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico says the department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that’s qualified. Assumpico says she has worked to ensure the members of the department “reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the communities they serve.”

The State Police Training Academy begins June 2018. Information about the academy is available at the agency’s website .


Information from: The Westerly Sun,