The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, says the newest members of the city's police force represent a "giant step forward" in terms of diversity.
Of the 55 recruits who graduated Monday, 38 are minorities, 18 are first-generation U.S. citizens and 12 are women. There were more than 2,200 applicants to the academy.
Lt. Kevin Lanni, director of training, said the new officers studied a redeveloped curriculum that emphasizes civil rights. The class is also the first to be trained in the use of body cameras.
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Mayor Jorge Elorza said the graduates are "truly the cream of the crop."