Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Florence police focus on growth of Hispanics


NKU helping in program to assist new immigrants

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FLORENCE - The growing Latino population here will be the focus of Northern Kentucky's first Hispanic Citizens Police Academy set to begin this spring.

The program is being organized by Florence Police and Northern Kentucky University, which recently received a federal grant to build programs to assist Latinos immigrating to the area.

Florence has one of the fastest-growing Hispanic populations in Kentucky, and the city has already started programs to help meet the needs of this group, including language training for police and a Spanish language city government Web site.

Of the city's 23,551 residents, 3.80 percent are Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The number of Hispanics living in Florence jumped more than 400 percent between 1990 and 2000, according to the 2000 Census.

The citizens' police academy will meet two hours on Tuesday nights beginning April 15 for five weeks..

Many local police departments offer citizens police academies for residents.

Covington has had one since 1995, but this is the first to target Hispanic immigrants.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




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