GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- For the first time in its 152-years, the Green Bay police department has its first black police officer.
The officer's name is Solomon Ayres, and he starts the first phase of a 17-week training regime this week.
He says that he expects some resistance from both black and white residents but thinks his life experiences will help defuse difficult situations.
The president of Green Bay's Police and Fire Commission, Fran Jonet, says hiring a black recruit is a long-time coming.
According to the U.S. Census, African-Americans make up about 2.5 percent of Green Bay's more than 98,000 population size.
The 177 officer Green Bay police force has 15 women, four American Indians or Alaska natives and one Hispanic.