ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — Tuesday the Rochester Police Department announced the launch of “New Americans Academy”; a series of workshops built to grow trust and communication between local law enforcement and the immigrant community.
Four separate workshops will cover a range of topics including safe police interactions, civil and victim services, common scams and fire crime prevention.
The hope is that these workshops can breakdown barriers people from other countries may have about the justice system and local law enforcement.
“We just want to give back. They’ve invited us now we want to invite them. We want to give them the opportunity to see what we do. To meet the people that serve them,” said RPD Sergeant John Mitchell.
Mitchell also says they understand this is a two-way relationship and that these sessions provide an opportunity for learning on both sides.
“This is an opportunity for us also to learn from that community as well. To learn about their worries, their concerns, because…if we have members of the community afraid to contact the police department, that makes everyone not safe.”
The Rochester Fire Department and the Olmsted County Sherriff’s Office are among other groups that will be leading these workshops along with RPD.
Sessions will be held at the Law Enforcement Center from 6-9 p.m.
Find more on all four workshops below: