Kansas City, Kan., police & fire departments working to hire more diverse workforce

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department and the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department do not reflect the various races of their city.

According to recent data from Wyandotte County, African Americans make up only 12 percent of the police department and Latinos represent only 11 percent of the department. African Americans and Latinos together only make up 13 percent of the fire department. But according to recent U.S. Census data, Blacks and Latinos make up more than half of the Wyandotte County’s population.

According to a spokesperson for Wyandotte County, Mayor Mark Holland reached out to the Department of Justice for assistance engaging the community to improve recruitment of minorities in public safety.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom agreed.

The Community Relations Branch of the Department of Justice, known as a group of peacekeepers that resolve conflicts and issues in areas across the country, have been working throughout the summer to help the government figure out who to recruit more minorities to the police and fire departments.

Those familiar with the issue were not able to tell 41 Action News why these departments were unable to get more minorities.

We’re told the findings of the review will be presented in September to Wyandotte County officials. 

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