Ask Keia Pettis about how many police officers are on the streets of Minneapolis today, and it might take her a minute to come up with a number. Ask the 13-year-department veteran how many of those are black women, and the answer is immediate: Seven.

It’s one of the reasons that Pettis has been working to organize a leadership and wellness academy for women of all races — a first for the department — to learn about policing and criminal justice as a potential career path.

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