KCK looks to ensure racial diversity is represented in public service agencies

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A task force aimed at diversifying public service agencies in Kansas City, Kansas seeks public input.

The topic of a meeting Thursday afternoon was public safety recruitment and how KCK plans to make sure race diversity is fairly represented in the fire and police departments, and sheriff's office.

Mayor Mark Holland passed out a timeline, showing that the idea for this task group started last November. In the past nine months, the mayor has met with internal staff and worked with the Justice Department to gather data.

Now the floor is being opened to the public for ideas on how to better recruit minority residents to become police, firefighters, and deputies.