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NYSP changing recruitment tactics as more than 85% of troopers statewide are white

New state troopers stand during the 201st graduation ceremony of the New York State Police in...
New state troopers stand during the 201st graduation ceremony of the New York State Police in Albany in 2014.(Mike Groll | AP / Mike Groll)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 6:31 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- When more than 95% of Southern Tier troopers are white, the New York State Police says it’s time to make a change.

Overall, more than 87% of troopers are white statewide while almost 88.5% are male; here in Troop C, 95.1% of troopers are white and 86.5% are male.

The state police told 12 News Tuesday the organization has adopted new recruiting approaches to increase its diversity.

Capt. Ricky Williams is the head of recruiting for the NYSP, and he said recruiters are trying to proactively meet candidates of non-traditional backgrounds.

“We’re going to be going to businesses and knocking on doors and going to college campuses, assertively recruiting those people,” Capt. Williams said. “We’ll be walking through neighborhoods; you’ll see us signing people up in and out of barbershops, restaurants.”

Williams, a black man, said he has had an extremely positive experience in the state police, and while having conversations surrounding race can be difficult, they’re extremely important.

He said having a more diverse organization helps improve relations with communities that historically have poor relationships with the police.

Capt. Williams said the NYSP has changed its application process, making it more accessible to those interested.

For more information on how to sign up, click here.