Here is a quick list of why law enforcement should read the Police Executive Research Forum national study released in May 2017:
-Comprehensive list of best practices across the nation from many cities on how to engage refugees and why it matters to your city's safety;
-Methods to build trust in tight-knit communities;
-How to overcome refugees negative perceptions of law enforcement;
-Highlights the benefits interpretation for officers;
-Teaches officers lessons learned from years of field research;
-Complete with contacts for your department to utilize;
-Explanation of requirements and procedures to serve newcomers and ensure meaning access;
-Review of liability and legal obligations at the federal and state levels;
-Understanding of the barriers refugees have in reporting crimes, taking action based on their rights and living discrimination-free in America.
Huge thank you to Boise Refugee Liaison PO Dustin Robinson who helped inform this report and Cleveland's trainings.