Lawmaker asks Bridgeport to review police hiring

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A state lawmaker says Bridgeport is not hiring enough female and minority police and has asked the city to investigate.

The Connecticut Post reports that state Rep. Charlie Stallworth said Friday he wants an investigation by the city, its Civil Service Commission and community leaders.

City officials say the police department works hard to recruit minority candidates. The Police Department says 43 percent of its 425 sworn officers are minority, with Hispanic officers comprising about 27 percent of the police force.

Black officers make up about 15 percent and about 43 female officers are on the force.

In 2010, 34.6 percent of Bridgeport’s population was black and 38.2 percent was Hispanic

A group of city firefighters asked the federal government nearly two months ago to investigate alleged discrimination in the local fire service.

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