How does a police department get more Black people on the force? : Embedded Every four years, the Yonkers Police Department starts the process of hiring new officers. This time, the department is specifically recruiting people of color through a program known as "Be The Change." Of course in Yonkers, there are plenty of Black people who don't feel it's up to them to "change" a department that has a long history of misconduct. But there's also a strong community of Black officers who question whether reform is possible until the Yonkers Police more accurately reflect the community they serves. In this episode, Embedded, in partnership with the Marshall Project, explores why there are so few officers of color on the Yonkers police force and why even those who've made it onto the force often feel the odds are stacked against them.

Changing the Police: Charlie Walker's Plan

Changing the Police: Charlie Walker's Plan

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Lieutenant Charles Walker has worked for years to recruit more black officers into the Yonkers Police Department José A. Alvarado Jr. for NPR hide caption

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Lieutenant Charles Walker has worked for years to recruit more black officers into the Yonkers Police Department

José A. Alvarado Jr. for NPR

Every four years, the Yonkers Police Department starts the process of hiring new officers. This time, the department is specifically recruiting people of color through a program known as "Be The Change."

Of course in Yonkers, there are plenty of Black people who don't feel it's up to them to "change" a department that has a long history of misconduct. But there's also a strong community of Black officers who question whether reform is possible until the Yonkers Police more accurately reflect the community they serve.

In this episode, Embedded, in partnership with the Marshall Project, explores why so few officers of color are on the Yonkers police force and why even those who've made it onto the force often feel the odds are stacked against them.