Mayor Slay Announces Partnership to Recruit, Train and Hire More African-American Police Officers

To help the City of St. Louis develop a more diverse police force without compromising quality, the Slay Administration is entering into an agreement with the Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) to help identify and prepare potential minority recruits for careers in law enforcement and other public safety professions. Minorities make up 34 percent of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD), making it the most diverse department in the region. But, the $50,000 agreement is designed to help attract new, high-quality candidates to reflect the demographics of the community the SLMPD serves.