ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says it’s time to consider allowing state police from other states to transfer to work at the Maryland State Police due to “an alarming trend” in a dropping number of black state troopers in Maryland.

Brown was asked about the low numbers on Friday by Del. Nathaniel Oaks during a Baltimore City delegation meeting.

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The lieutenant governor says the problem is particularly troubling in the higher ranks of captain and major. He described the numbers as “really, really bad.”

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Brown says it could take as long as 10 to 15 years for state troopers to reach those ranks from within the agency. He says it’s time to give consideration to allowing troopers from other states to make a lateral transfer to Maryland to increase diversity faster.

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