The Tennessean reports that the incoming class at the Metro Police Academy is the most diverse in its history. The class of 57 is 46% minority and 35% female. The present police force is approximately 15% minority and 10% female. Seven students in this class speak Spanish.
"For some of the candidates in the incoming class, such as Juan Carlos Cuesta-Galarce, becoming a police officer would be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. ... He said he looks forward to becoming a bridge between the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities of Nashville."