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Fort Worth Police Refuse to Join 287(g) Program

La Estrella, Jay Torres Posted: Feb 05, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX -- Local police chief Jeff Halstead promised his department would "absolutely never" participate in the federal 287(g) program, reports La Estrella. During a bilingual forum in Fort Worth, with a mostly Latino audience of 100 people, Halstead explained that any immigrant who commits a minor infraction shouldn't fear being deported. The police chief doesn't want to damage the close relationship police have with the people, which is what happened in other nearby cities when their police joined the voluntary federal program that allows local officers to serve as immigration agents. Instead, the Fort Worth department is participating in a federal program called Safe Communities. Halstead added that they have Hispanic officers in senior positions to establish a good relationship with the Latino population. He encouraged Latino youth to join the policy academy and promised to increase the number of bilingual officers.

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