ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA)An independent review is underway of the St. Pete police department's promotions policy. 

Lately, there's been accusations that it favors white officers. 

There's even been a meeting between community leaders and the city's deputy mayor. 

City Councilman Wengay Newton sat in on the meeting to listen to concerns that Newton says have persisted for a long time.

Mayor Rick Kriseman has delayed any police department promotions pending his review. 

The city is also looking for a new police chief to replace the retired Chuck Harmon.

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