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Chattanooga PD works to improve Latino relations

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Chattanooga Police Department is implementing a slew of new initiatives and programs it hopes will improve its relationship with the city's Latino and Hispanic community.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press ( reports that only eight of the department's 470 sworn personnel are certified as Spanish interpreters. And as of late last year, there were only 13 Hispanic police officers.

However, as part of its initiatives, the department will offer free Spanish-language refresher courses to employees.

The department is also working with Chattanooga State Community College to launch a program that asks cadets to carefully study minority communities.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher says each initiative is about learning to appreciate culture.

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