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Police and fire departments in Baltimore County are accused of discrimination in their hiring practices.

An investigation addressing complaints about possible racial discrimination in hiring by police and fire departments in Baltimore County is underway. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division sent the county a letter asking for more information about its hiring of African Americans.

Although county officials declined to comment on the investigation, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz acknowledged receiving the notice in a letter he sent to Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. The letter detailed the county's efforts to promote diversity describing the effort as "a long-standing priority.''

According to published reports, Cummings recently met with African American leaders in the county's police and fire departments regarding complaints about discrimination in minority hires.

The letter from the Justice Department, dated Jan. 30, marks the third time since the late 1970s that the agency has investigated discrimination in Baltimore County hiring.

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