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First Advisor

Jamie Langlois


Recent survey results indicated that while the Kentwood and Wyoming Police were welcoming and culturally competent to refugees, Grand Rapids police faired much worse. In addition, studies have shown that the refugees who are coming to Grand Rapids have an existing fear of police from their home country which they have carried with them into the United States. This project brings together the Grand Rapids Police Department with individuals from the refugee population. It will incorporate efforts to build trust among the two groups by bringing the Grand Rapids Police Department into the surrounding refugee communities, along with trusted community partners, for a Q and A session. We hope that this will allow for the fostering of positive relationships between the two populations and build more cultural sensitivity within the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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