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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Albany Police Department is beginning the second phase an initiative to reduce crime against Hispanics and improve relations with the Hispanic community.

Tuesday night, officers met with church, school and community leaders to develop programs to increase the quality of life for Hispanics.

They want to build partnerships with community organizations and develop different programs like Spanish classes for police, firefighters and medical personnel to overcome the language barrier.

"The Hispanic community here is growing at such a rapid rate. And if we don't know what their concerns are, we can't help make the quality of life better for them while they're here. So by building these relationships, we'd like to understand what their concerns are," said Officer Rose Dehbozorgi with Albany Police.

Albany Police plan a larger town hall meeting soon. They want to hear from you if you want to join the initiative.

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