Monday, February 16, 2004

Metro Police Department reaches out to South Nashville Hispanics in February and April forums

"A consortium of Metro departments and local Hispanic organizations, led by the Scarritt-Bennett Center, is paving the way to foster better relations between Metro Police and the Hispanic community in South Nashville by holding public meetings."

"The forums are a collaboration of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods, the Metro Human Relations Commission, the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, La Noticia Hispanic Newspaper and Scarritt-Bennett."

"Metro Police and the Hispanic community have often been at odds in part because of language problems. A study, commissioned by Mayor Bill Purcell, found that the entire immigrant population was marginalized, in part, because of the lack of translators, ESL classes and a cross understanding of cultures."

"Metro Police invite South Nashville residents to participate in the public forum 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Glencliff High School Auditorium and then again on April 19 at the same time and location. Glencliff High School is at 160 Antioch Pike in Nashville."

Nashville City Paper, The Tennessean, Scarritt Bennett

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