Rochester Police Dept. Launching "New Americans" Academy

Rochester Police Dept. Launching "New Americans" Academy

September 10, 2019 10:20 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester Police Department is launching the "New Americans Academy" in October. 

Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin said the academy is part of community engagement initiatives aimed at enhancing trust between law enforcement officers and Rochester's immigrant population. 

The sessions will take place on October 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center. 

Rochester Police Sergeant John Mitchell said "If we have members of the community afraid to contact the police department, that makes everyone not safe." 

The academy is in partnership with several community organizations including the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association and Victim's Services. 

To register for the workshop, call Sgt. Mitchell at 507-328-6901 or email him at 


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