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Monday, 12 October 2015 09:40

This just in blog: Changes underway to bolster minority recruitment in the Beloit Police Department

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The Beloit Police Department has undertaken several rounds of hiring for patrol officers this year, but officials hope changes in the process will lead to greater diversity in the force.

Interim police chief David Zibolski said he has revamped the recruitment and assessment team in an effort to add diversity to the department.

Zibolski announced the changes Oct. 9, 2015 during a wide-ranging news conference marking his first 120 days.

 

Beloit has a large gap that needs to be filled as far as our African-American Representation and Hispanic Representation, Zibolski said.

So, the department has added a group of community members to the application process.

The team has met with members of the NAACP and Beloit's SOS Latino group to ask for suggestions on how to reach minority communities and get them interested in local law enforcement.

"For the fist time ever, we've added representatives from the African American and Hispanic communities to our assessment panel for our current list of candidates who were just interviewd," Zibolski said.

They were active participants of the assessment and rated the candidates with the other members of the department. They also had the opportunity to provide insight and input into the observations of the applicants.

The team also is putting the final touches on a recruitment video, which will be posted soon on the city's website.

"It's an inspiring video in which we start to shift our culture in the department to more of a guardianship culture, looking at law enforcement as guardians rather than warriors," Zibolski said.

The team also is working on a mentorship program with youth who have shown an interested in law enforcement.

"There isn't any panacea to that problem," Zibolski admitted. "We have to make the Beloit Police Department a department that somebody wants to work for. We're showing that we are interested in diversity and are a diverse city."

The current officer application isHERE.

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