CHICAGO (CBS) — For the first time since the pandemic began, the Chicago Police Academy is accepting a new class of recruits.

CPD Superintendent David Brown welcomed them this morning and thanked them for beginning their service at a challenging and difficult time.

“It’s extraordinary that you want to be a cop today, that you’re starting, that our academy was closed in March. But you are the first class since the George Floyd murder,” Brown said. 

He added that diversity is a hallmark of the 40 new recruits. More than half identify as Latinx, a quarter of them are African American and nearly one out of every three recruits are women.