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New N. Miami officers no longer taking dips

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NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — The police department in this seaside town has dropped its swimming requirement for new officers — in part, to recruit more blacks to the force.

North Miami officials said knowing how to swim is not really necessary. And they said the requirement has discouraged some blacks in this Haitian-American enclave from joining the department.

"They have been intimidated because they don't swim. Very few of them swim," Mayor Joe Celestin, a Haitian-American.