Sunday, April 25, 2004

Law enforcement officials continue to address obstacles with Hispanic community; immigration official says cooperation with police will not lead to deportation

"Metro police Capt. Rick Lankford said most crime problems in the heavily Hispanic areas of south Nashville were robberies involving people and businesses, gang violence, domestic violence and alcohol consumption."

"Social and cultural differences, mistrust and language barriers are the biggest obstacles the department faces, he said."

"New police programs to resolve these problems include recruiting Hispanic officers, forming partnerships with local businesses and promoting neighborhood watch groups."

"Ron Kidd, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Nashville, said Hispanic residents who are in the country illegally needed to know that they would not be investigated or deported for helping police solve crimes or for giving them information."

The Tennessean

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