The New Jersey State Police announced Thursday it would start accepting job applications in May for its next class of troopers for the first time in more than two years.
They are also undertaking an outreach effort to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.
The state police have fielded criticism from the NAACP for not hiring more minorities in the past. New Jersey NAACP President James Harris said he sees the outreach effort as an opportunity to correct that, but would wait to see if it pans out.
Whites make up 82 percent of the nearly 2,800 troopers in the state. Blacks make up 6 percent and Hispanics 9 percent. But of all New Jersey residents, 68 percent are white, 13 percent are black and 18 percent are Hispanic. (CBS New York)