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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers is criticizing Cranston's search for a new police chief, saying the process excludes minorities and women.

The Providence Journal reports the city is advertising for candidates from Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut who have served at least three years as a captain and would prefer someone who has worked in an accredited department as large as Cranston's.

The association says there are no minorities who fit that description, and only one woman.

The group is asking Mayor Allan Fung to extend the search for another 30 days and expand it to a national search.

Fung issued a written response declining to extend Friday's deadline and noting that he already changed some of the criteria from a requirement to a preference.

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