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Register analysis: Diversity lacking in Sandusky's police, fire departments

Andy Ouriel • Aug 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Sandusky is a pretty diverse city, with about one-third of the population comprised of non-whites. Plus women make up more than 50 percent of Sandusky's population.

Despite diversity throughout Sandusky, the city's police and fire departments are white-dominated organizations, according to a Register analysis of local and federal data.

Pick up Sunday's Register to read and view:

• An infographic depicting how many minorities and women work for both departments in the 1990s, 2000s and today.

• How the departments two leaders, both white men, feel about the trend of less diversity in their organizations.

• What the two chiefs believe the reason is for the departments becoming less diverse.

• How a local civil rights activist views the trend, and what he urges black firefighters and police officers to do in hopes of making each department more diverse.

• Interviews with white, black, Hispanic and women police officers and firefighters, gauging how they feel about diversity in these departments.

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