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Justice Department Says Pasco Needs More Diversity On Its Police Force

Aug 22, 2016

The police department in Pasco, Washington, needs to hire more women, more Spanish speakers and have more diversity in general. That’s one finding of a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice that was prompted by the February 2015 shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes by three Pasco police officers.

Pasco is more than half Hispanic, but its police force doesn’t reflect that. According to the 65-page report released Monday, Pasco also needs to better train its officers on use of force.

But Heliodora Morfin, of Pasco, asked officials why the report wasn’t available in Spanish.

“Whether it’s Spanish or Russian or whatever language, that everybody gets the information at the same time,” Morfin said. “That’s would be reasonable to me that that could be available to them.”

At a press conference, city managers said they are tying-into the community better by having events like “Coffee With A Cop” at local McDonald’s and by getting cops into satellite offices.

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