CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Chicago Police Department is struggling to hire applicants that will allow it to reflect the city’s racial makeup.

Chicago’s inspector general on Thursday released a report noting white police department applicants are far more likely to get hired than African Americans.

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The report indicates that 37% of the department’s applicants from 2016 to 2018 were Black in a city where 30% of the population is African American.

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But by the end of the process, only 18% of all candidates who were invited to the police academy were Black.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office questioned whether the department’s employment process is equitable.

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