Cleveland police are recruiting applicants to take a Feb. 28 Civil Service test to produce a new list of candidates for patrol officers.

The campaign is coming in the midst of sadness and controversy over the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Sgt. Timothy Higgins of community policing is involved with a campaign called “My community, My choice.”

It targets city residents to apply, and there’s a goal of recruiting more minority candidates to make the largely white department more diverse.

City residents, as well as military veterans, get bonus points on the test.

“Come and help us have a good representation of the demographics of the community they serve. … They can have that piece of being a positive part of change and be part of the solution,” Higgins said.

Applications are being taken until Dec. 11. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

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