Leaders want Oklahoma City’s new top cop to boost relations

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City community leaders say they want the city’s new police chief to improve relations between the police department and historically underrepresented groups.

Wade Gourley was appointe d Monday as the department’s first new chief in 15 years. He’s a 30-year veteran of the force and replaces former Chief Bill Citty, who retired in May after 41 years with the agency.

State Sen. George Young of Oklahoma City told The Oklahomanit’s important for Gourley to shift the community’s mood about the police force.

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s Kris Steele says he hopes Gourley employs a diverse police force. About 6% of the department’s officers are Hispanic 6% are black and 1% are Asian. But the Census Bureau says Oklahoma City’s population is 18.5% Hispanic, 14.3% black and 4% Asian.

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