EPD looks to diversify

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The Erie Police Department has a handful of openings, and the department is looking to add more women and minorities to their police force.

It’s been years in the making: a diversified Erie City Police Department. It’s a call heard loud and clear in the community, and the police department is doing its best to address it.

It’s no secret that the Erie Police Department is far from diversified.

it’s something EPD is constantly working on. Right now, there are 169 officers in the department. 152 are white men. Nine are white women. There are five African American male officers, two Hispanic male officers, and one Native American male officer.

It’s a struggle that the Sinnott Administration and Chief Bowers say they’ve been trying to address for years. It’s a slow process.

They say the problem starts with the applications. Chief Bowers says it’s a struggle to get young minorities to apply to the department. He says his current minority patrolmen have been making efforts to recruit young, minority applicants.

They’ve been speaking throughout the community and at job fairs.

Applications will be available beginning April 4. There are four openings at EPD.

Another struggle for EPD is that applicants must have their Act 120 before they apply. Our County Police Academy is at Mercyhurst Northeast and is where Act 120s can be received. 

If anyone is interested in becoming a cop, you are asked to reach out to EPD. Applications can be picked up in the HR Office Room 300 at City Hall.

Applications will only be available Monday, April 4 through Friday April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arrangements to have an application sent by mail can be made by contacting Carrie Watkins, Administrative Assistant / Civil Service Commission at 814-870-1244 or cwatkins@erie.pa.us.

Notarized applications must be returned with a $50 check, made payable to “City of Erie Civil Service Board.”

Applications must be returned to the HUman Resources Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Written examinations will be administered at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 21 at LECOM. Photo identification must be presented. 

Physical agility examinations will be administered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Cathedral Prep Events Center. Photo identification must be presented. Applicants will be scored as Pass-or-Fail.

For more information, visit www.erie.pa.us/police.

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