APD Pushes for more minority officers

NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - Gaining more minority officers is part of a continued initiative for the Amarillo Police Department.

According to the Amarillo Police Department, in 2010, about 12 percent of the officers were Hispanic, 2 percent were Black. The force just recently teamed up with LULAC and the NAACP to help increase the pool of minority officers. For the first time, APD will host a career fair with the minority organizations. NAACP representatives tell NewsChannel 10, more minority representation on the force will help tackle the problems in minority communities.

"It would help understand better because they are a part of the community. We want them to communicate with the department and with us. In turn that would bring us closer together as to what's going on." said Lillie Miller with the Amarillo branch of the NAACP.

The job fair takes place this Saturday at the Amarillo United Citizens Forum on North Hayden from 11am to 2pm. Even though this event is part of a minority recruitment effort, it is open to everyone.