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Police Cadets immerse with black, hispanic, gay, disabled communities

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CPD Chief Fred Fletcher (standing) talks with recruits during training Thursday. WRCBtv.com photo CPD Chief Fred Fletcher (standing) talks with recruits during training Thursday. WRCBtv.com photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - There's a new class of cadets at the Chattanooga Police Department.

Thirty men and four women are 5 weeks into the Police Academy with a little 22 weeks remaining.

For the second year in a row, the department has found a way to immerse that group with minorities before they get their badges through the "Community Immersion Program."

The program will split the 34 cadets into groups of 8 and assign them different communities in which they will immerse themselves.

The communities this year include: African American, Hispanic, LGBT and Disabled/Mental Health.

"This program was designed to give the community a voice and to teach future police officers to learn how to learn about the community," Fletcher said. "There is a platinum rule that we want our public servants to treat people the way they want to be treated."

"I think its a great way for us to build appreciation for the communities that we serve, to really get to know the positive sides and the negative sides of those communities to better assist us and build a bond with those people," said Cadet Patrick Cavanaugh.

"Public service is always changing, people are always changing, communities are always changing so its very important to continue your education, to learn, and to see what thats all about," said Cadet Afton Yates.

The cadets learned their assignments Thursday and which communities they'll be immersed. They will prepare a presentation at the end of the 52 hour class.

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