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September 19, 2021

BLACK PEOPLE O!Swansea Police Hire First Black Officers, Reflecting Demographic Shifts

September 19, 2021

Swansea Police Hire First Black Officers, Reflecting Demographic Shifts

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By Eric SchmidPublished September 19, 2021 at 8:40 AM CDT

Swansea Village Mayor Mike Leopold swears in Darrell Dunn (left) and Jonathan Williams to the village's police force. The new officers are the first Black members of the Swansea police department.

Eric Schmid/St. Louis Public RadioSwansea Village Mayor Mike Leopold swears in Darrell Dunn (left) and Jonathan Williams to the village’s police force. The new officers are the first Black members of the Swansea police department.

SWANSEA — The Swansea Police Department recently swore in its first Black officers—Darrell Dunn and Jonathan Williams — which officials said is an important reflection of the increased diversity in the village.

Nonwhite residents now account for 35% of the village of 14,400 people, according to the 2020 census. Between 2010 and 2020, the Black population grew by 6 percentage points, to 23% of the population.

“We are now working very hard to diversify,” said Swansea Mayor Mike Leopold. “It’s something, quite frankly, we should have been doing years ago, but we’re doing it now.”

Police Chief Steve Johnson has similar feelings.

“It always turned out that we had some great qualified candidates on our list, and then some other community would hire them first before we brought them on,” he said.

Johnson said this time Swansea was the one luring qualified officers from other cities. Williams and Dunn worked forotherdepartments, including those in St. Louis, Chesterfield and Ferguson.

“We love that we’re bringing experienced people here that can see the way the Swansea community is,” Johnson said, citing the new officers’ past experiences as social workers, substitute teachers, paramedics and firefighters.

For Williams, the move from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to Swansea was natural. He said he has close ties to the Swansea community, having worked at a local middle school and nursing home before moving into law enforcement.

“Most of us start this job because we like to help people and meet the citizens,” he said. The citizens are the most important part, and this is a department that is committed to working with them.”

The Swansea hirings come at a time when other local departments are struggling to recruit new officers.

“These days it’s not easy to hire new policemen because not a lot of people want to be them,” Leopold said. “We’ve been struggling to find good-quality candidates.”

Belleville recently dropped residency requirements for city employees partially to make it easier for the police department to promote internally. The St. Clair County sheriff made a similar request regarding residency, citing difficulty with recruitment.

To Johnson, Swansea’s ability to recruit new officers reflects the quality of the force’s existing officers and how the department is visible beyond arrests, such as with community events and academies. He added he’s excited to see how the expertise his new officers bring folds into the larger department.

“There’s so much more about law enforcement than simply arresting bad guys, especially in 2021,” he said. “Their mindset is about building relationships.”

Eric Schmid covers the Metro East for St. Louis Public Radio as part of the journalism grant program: Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project.


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Viral Lagos Amputee Hawker, Mary Daniel Buys ₦17.5m House, Sets To Open Pure Water Factory |Video

Published 2 months ago 

on 17 July 2021

ByChukwuani Victoria

A Nigerian lady identified as Mary Daniel living with disability, who went viral after hawking sachet water around Bolade in Oshodi has bought her house and set to open her own pure water factory in her compound.

Naija News recalls that a kind-hearted Nigerian man identified as Ibitoye Ayodele saw Mary hawking sachet around Bolade market in Oshodi area of Lagos despite her condition and decided to help.

Ibitoye gave her some money and shared her story on his Twitter page. However, well-meaning Nigerians who saw the story decided to rally around and open a #crowdfundher. According to reports, huge funds was raised and given to her so she can start a business.

However, in new video shared on social media, Mary seems to have put the money in good use after acquiring a house worth over seventeen million in Igando area of Lagos state.

Mary is also set to open her own pure water factory in her compound which she plans to use her brand name ‘Mary Daniels’ pure water.

Watch the video below

Viral Lagos Amputee Hawker Acquires N17.5m House In Lagos

Source: Naija News

Chukwuani Victoria

Chukwuani Victoria is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist who’s passionate about storytelling. She holds a BSC in Biology and is also a certified Radio presenter with BRMC. She likes to read, research, hang out with her friends and play scrabbles.

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