(WLNS) – According to a new report, the number of African American troopers part of the Michigan State Police Force is falling.
The published report says just five percent are African American. That is down from 12.5 percent 22 years ago.
What is significant about 22 years ago? That is when federal oversight of racial hiring practices ended and the number of women working as MSP troopers is also going down.
State police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue says she’s unhappy with her department’s racial makeup. She became the first woman to head the state police force in 2011.
Etue says state police have undertaken steps that should bring improvements in the next recruiting class.
Currently eight percent are women.