Police chief creates "El Protector" Hispanic community relations program
"'I find it disgusting that people in this community are held hostage by robbery, drugs and gangs, but I hear from (officers) that we don't hear from you because you are too fearful,' Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said."
"To turn around that fear and suspicion, Serpas said, he is launching a new initiative called 'El Protector.'"
"Modeled after a program he ran in Washington state, the program will enlist a board of community leaders to advise police and will involve one full-time Hispanic officer as a community liaison, said Capt. Rick Lankford, commander of the south Nashville police precinct whom Serpas tapped for the job of launching the program.'"