By Dorothy Tucker

(CBS) — The deadline to apply for the Chicago Police Department is right around the corner, yet the very people the police are trying to attract are not exactly lining up for the jobs.

The push for new recruits, especially black and Hispanic, comes on the heels of controversial police shootings, the department’s promise to increase diversity and a need to replace retiring officers. Yet many of the nearly hundred chairs were empty.

When asked why some of the seats aren’t filled, Officer Denise Gathings said, “Some are afraid, others are angry.”

Urban League CEO Shari Runner says some are distrustful.

“There’s a reputation I think that the police department has a little bit about not hiring people who apply so we need to make sure that we follow through this time,” Runner said.

Those who did show up, came despite the reputation of police.

Jaboni Mailey has seen his share of bad police encounters, yet he too plans to apply.

“I’m willing to give it a chance to see if I can bring about change,” he said.

When asked why some of the seats aren’t filled, Officer Denise Gathings said, “Some are afraid, others are angry.”

Starting salary for a police officer is $47,000. After 18 months it increases to $72,000. January 31 is the deadline to apply to take the test. To submit an application, click here.

The test is scheduled for April.

Dorothy Tucker