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Koster, Dotson visiting schools to encourage minority students to join force

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster plan to talk to minority students about careers in law enforcement in an attempt to encourage them to join the force.

Chief Dotson told News 4 he is working to increase diversity within the force. He says about 36 percent of St. Louis Police officers are African-American, and the community they serve is close to 50 percent African-American.  

“If you want to change the way police are perceived in the community, what better way to do it from inside,” said Chief Dotson. “We are trying to get people to join the police department very young and create those partnerships.” 

On Friday, the chief and attorney general will speak with students at McKinley Classical Academy about law enforcement careers. Chief Dotson believes the visit will encourage more minorities to join the St. Louis City Police Department someday.

One of the biggest challenges will be that the starting salary for incoming officers is several thousand dollars less than in St. Louis County.

The attorney general and chief plan on visiting several other schools in St. Louis with significant minority populations throughout the year.

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