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By Steve Patterson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pomp. Prestige. Pride.

In one moment, young men and women were both handed immense power and charged with the weight of incredible responsibility.

“I believe in the young generation. I feel like we can make a difference and that’s the reason we’re all here today. We took the oath. We took this job because we know we can take a difference.”

Brand new Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Strong is exactly what the department is looking for – A young African-American male dedicated to community policing in an era when his new bosses say those traits are hard to find.

“We’re having trouble recruiting in general but specifically with minorities and women,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey admitted at the Police Academy Graduation at Temple University on Friday.

Ramsey was overseeing the graduation of Class 372.

Out of a total 75 graduates, 49 were white, 26…

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