The Coastal Packet: Lewiston looking towards hiring Somali immigrants as cops

Tuesday, June 16

Lewiston looking towards hiring Somali immigrants as cops

Reuters - One place in Lewiston where that growing diversity is not evident is the city's 82-member police force, but Chief Michael Bussiere aims to change that amid an intense national debate over race and policing. With about a quarter of his officers due to become eligible to retire in the next few years, Bussiere has begun reaching out to the region's 7,000-strong Somali population, including many who arrived in the United States as refugees from the East African country's long civil war.

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