In an effort to recruit quality applicants, and in particular minority candidates, the Topeka Police Department is initiating a community recruiter program.
The program’s first seminar was held Wednesday evening and about 25 people attended.
Topeka Police Department Chief James Brown said that it has been a “very, very difficult task” to recruit minority candidates in order to become a more inclusive agency.
The program was started by Officer Brandon Gogian, who said the purpose of the seminar was to educate attendees and to identify and mentor potential candidates.
“We need help. We need input,” he said.
The program also provides transparency in the hiring process.
Gogian said the department has a team of 13 recruiters. Of those, two are minorities and four are women.
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