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Columbus Police Use Billboards To Recruit Diverse Cadet Pool

The Columbus Division of police is using ten roadside billboards to help boost recruitment efforts. The billboards are designed, in part, to attract a more diverse applicant pool. Recruitment officer Sargeant Anthony Wilson says some of the billboards feature female officers and they're drawing reaction and interest. "We've had some people call us and ask us if the officers on the photographs are actually real officers or models. Its kind of been humorous as well but obviously its working out for us." Says Wilson. Wilson adds recruitment outreach is a direct charge from newly installed Chief of Police Kimberley Jacobs. Jacobs says she wants the Division of Police to reflect the city's peoples and cultures. Women are the most under-represented among the police workforce at 11 percent. The overall Columbus workforce is about 32 percent women.