Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Charleston Police Department is turning to Twitter and MySpace for help in recruiting black and female officers.
Lt. Cathy Peal says she hopes to reach the younger crowd with both online services and has already seen some success.
Cpl. Errol Randle says the number of applications from minority candidates is up this year.
They now represent about 27 percent of all interested candidates.
The police department's ranks in West Virginia's capital city include 19 black officers.
Three of the department's 10 women are black.
Besides the online push, recruitment bulletins have been posted at local churches and businesses.
Ads also appear on the department's web site and at www.policeone.com, an online resource for law enforcement.
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