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Fresno police to hold six-week outreach program geared toward Hmong community.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, bottom center, helps release a cluster of red, white and blue balloons to formally kick off the Hmong International New Year celebration Saturday morning, Dec. 26, 2015 at the Fresno fairgrounds.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, bottom center, helps release a cluster of red, white and blue balloons to formally kick off the Hmong International New Year celebration Saturday morning, Dec. 26, 2015 at the Fresno fairgrounds. jwalker@fresnobee.com

Fresno Police Department is teaming up with Fresno Unified’s Parent University to provide a six-week academy to better acquaint the city’s Hmong community with police work and services.

The Hmong Residents’ Academy will run from April 3 to May 8. Classes will be held weekly from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

During the meetings, sworn Fresno police officers will volunteer and teach the class in Hmong or using translation services. Class topics will include patrol procedures; internal affairs and use of force; the Office of Independent Review; street violence bureau; Fresno Police Department personnel; crime prevention; a headquarters tour; school resource officer; domestic violence and victim advocate.

The first class session on April 3 will be at Vang Pao Elementary school at 4100 E. Heaton Ave.

Anyone who is interested in attending or participating should contact Detective Ger Vang at 559-621-6311 or ger.vang@fresno.gov.

Brianna Calix covers politics and investigations for The Bee, where she works to hold public officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.
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