COTC Cadets fire their weapon during weapons training at Camp Falling Rock. Hiring diverse police officers in Licking County has been a challenge for departments in part because most of the people seeking to become officers are not minorities.
COTC Cadets fire their weapon during weapons training at Camp Falling Rock. Hiring diverse police officers in Licking County has been a challenge for departments in part because most of the people seeking to become officers are not minorities.

NEWARK – During the ongoing national debate over how law enforcement treats minorities, some Black Licking County leaders said one way to help would be to have more diversity on local police forces.

Police officials agree that diversity is a good aim, but also noted the challenges of hiring minorities thanks to the area’s small minority population and the higher-paid jobs in nearby Columbus.

According to Newark Police Chief Steve Baum, 10% of their 70-member police force is female. Baum said…

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