Figures show Alaska state troopers remain nearly 90% white

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vast majority of Alaska State Troopers are white, making the primary statewide law enforcement agency substantially less diverse than Alaska’s population.

    Alaska Public Media reported about 87% of the state’s 355 troopers are white, compared to 65% of Alaska’s population.

    The figures released by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration show Alaska Natives and Native Americans have the next largest representation among troopers at 5%, while those groups represent about 20% of the overall population.

    The agency said it plans to devote extra time to targeting applicants from diverse groups through advertising and recruiting within the nation’s military branches.

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