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Providence officials laud diversity of new police officers

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence's mayor 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.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said the graduates are ``truly the cream of the crop.''

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