NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A plan to add more ethnic diversity within police departments in New Jersey was voted out of an Assembly committee on Thursday.

The measure would not only have put a plan in place to recruit more minorities into police departments statewide, but would have also tracked the numbers of those hired, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.

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“And there’s some agencies and municipalities and areas that do this already. So it’s not like we would have to re-invent the wheel,” said state Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly. “And you know, after falling short, this would put things in place to meet the requirements.”

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The Passaic County Democrat said it’s about police departments reflecting the communities they serve, for their sake and for residents.

“Maybe more sensitive to the issues of our youth; to certain people in our community,” said Wimberly.

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Which the lawmaker said could help build better relationships between cops and minority neighborhoods, and possibly avoid the racial tensions seen in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri.