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After Equality Indicators Review, City Council Grappling With Lack of Tulsa Police Diversity

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City councilors are setting out to make the Tulsa Police Department more representative of the community.

A series of special meetings on the Equality Indicators report, which measures disparities in the city across a variety of indicators, made it clear to the council not enough women or people of color are Tulsa police officers, though how they’ll make TPD more representative is yet to be determined.

Councilor Lori Decter Wright said recruiting different officers may require a different approach.

“Minorities and women, specifically, need mentorship, they need a seat at the table from the very beginning, just even through the cultivation of, ‘Do you want to even consider becoming a recruit?’ Right?” Decter Wright said.

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