HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The man Gov. Tom Wolf wants to lead the Pennsylvania State Police says there’s “room for improvement” in the diversity of the 4,300 troopers and that better recruiting procedures could help.
Tyree Blocker told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday he’s still catching up on changes in the department since he retired 10 years ago with the rank of major. But Blocker, who is black, says its recruitment program could be a key to attracting more minorities and women.
Currently, officials say racial minorities account for only 258 of the 4,322 troopers. Only 144 troopers, or 3 percent, are black.
Blocker declines to say whether he thinks Pennsylvania’s gun laws should be changed. He says it’s the job of the state police to enforce laws, not make them.