The St. Paul (MN) Police Department is participating in a program designed to improve officer diversity at the agency.

The Law Enforcement Career Path Academy is designed to supercharge diversity at the St. Paul Police Department by removing financial and educational barriers to college and a law enforcement career for low-income young people.

Two dozen recent grads — almost all people of color — have indicated that they plan to enter the next St. Paul Police Academy class of 50 to 70 future officers, reports.

The program was started in 2017 as a joint effort between police, Century College, Community Action of Ramsey and Washington Counties and AmeriCorps.

Of the 108 people who started the program since its inception, 101 are people of color, 84% are low-income and 41% are female.