2. Diversity efforts struggle during officer shortages

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Two years after George Floyd's murder renewed long-standing calls for police reform, including diversifying police departments, law enforcement agencies are still wrestling with ways to rebuild community trust.

  • And it's happening at a time when officers have been leaving the profession in droves, crippling recruitment efforts.
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