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OAPIA and MPD Announce Continued Success of AAPI Bilingual Recruiting Initiative

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

OAPIA and MPD Announce Continued Success of AAPI Bilingual Recruiting Initiative

Over 32 AAPI Officer Recruits have been Hired during the Gray Administration

CONTACT: Andrew Chang (EOM) 202.727.5560, andrew.chang@dc.gov; Gwendolyn Crump (MPD) 202.727.9346; gwendolyn.crump@dc.gov

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) continue to promote public awareness within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community on law enforcement career opportunities. AAPI community members are informed through the use of an ethnic media campaign, social media, and a university outreach campaign to consider a career in law enforcement with MPD.

Through joint efforts, MPD hired 23 self-identified AAPI officer recruits, or nearly 8% of all total hires, in 2013, more than double the number of self-identified AAPI recruits the year before. Currently, MPD has a total of 4,006 sworn police officers, 111 of which are self-identified AAPI officers. Of those 111 officers, 36 are certified as being bilingual in an AAPI language.

“I am very proud of the work the Department has been doing in recruiting a highly qualified and diverse police force,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “The District’s diversity is what makes it a great city and the Department succeeds when it meets the needs of the diverse communities that we serve.”

“This increase in hiring due to this partnership helps ensure limited English proficient and non-English proficient AAPI residents receive in-language, culturally appropriate assistance, and services in the event of an emergency.” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of OAPIA. “Having more officers also helps improve overall public safety efforts for all District residents.”

With the District’s AAPI population at more than 27,000 residents, OAPIA continues to work with MPD to increase the number of AAPI bilingual recruits to accommodate the needs of the growing AAPI community.

OAPIA launched its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Bilingual Recruiting Initiative in 2007 to support MPD’s effort to increase the hiring of bilingual AAPI police officers and employees.