City Commission appoints 10 new Bowling Green Police Officers

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 9:41 PM CST
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Tuesday night the Bowling Green City Commission made a move to improve the diversity of its police department with the hiring of ten new officers, four of whom are minorities.

The move comes several months after the force was investigated by the Department of Justice for lack of diversity.

"That's the most that I've seen in the years that I've be a city commissioner," City Commissioner Joe Denning said.

Denning says the police force should represent the general public in their numbers.

"We've tried to do that, we will continue to do that. And I think we've made a great choice tonight in hiring all of these individuals," Denning continued.

The Workforce Recruitment and Outreach Committee played a part in selecting the candidates.

"It was a great opportunity to be apart of a diverse group, because it reflects the community itself," Vice Chair of the Workforce Recruitment and Outreach Committee, Huda Melky said.

The recruiting process was conducted throughout Kentucky, the south east region and the country. Bringing the applications up 57% when compared to the first cycle in 2015.

"It is important for us to recruit and when you recruit individuals, you have a wider selection for interview," Melky added.

"They are representing the citizens of Bowling Green. Their job is to protect and serve," Denning said.

The new officers will start their training at the end of March.