"Both my predecessor and I have encouraged diversity on the force, but we have to hire off of the Civil Service list and an opportunity has not presented itself," Cunningham said. "It is something we are very cognizance of."
Having only one female in the police department isn't only a public relations issue " it can be a logistical issue as well.
A police report depicting a drug arrest of a 28-year-old female on May 27 in Delmar shows that a woman was found to have a hypodermic needle and a "deck of heroin" on her person.
After the contraband was found, the report states, a strip search was performed at the Bethlehem Police station. With no female officer available at the time, Bethlehem police had to bring in a female officer from the Albany Police Department in order to conduct the search, which turned up another deck of heroin.
When asked if Corsi was to receive sensitivity training due to his alleged racist comments, or anyone else on the force, Cunningham denied any repercussions resulting from Hughes' allegations.
"This matter is under investigation and I cannot comment on it," he said. "I can tell you that absolutely no actions have been taken at this point."
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