Slay says the initiative has been in the works for months, but the unrest in Ferguson created a greater sense of urgency to launch it.
“The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson has really raised to the surface and has magnified issues like test between the police department and the community and issues of fairness and diversity and racial inequality.”
Slay adds steps are in place to hire more minorities in departments throughout city government. He says he wants St. Louis to be a model for other cities across the country to follow.
To learn more about the police recruitment program join host Shirley Washington for the Pulse of St. Louis. The show airs Saturday night at 7:00pm on KPLR News 11.