Thursday, February 16, 2012

Brockton’s new police chief to reach out to immigrants

Maybe this is what is needed; more city officials who are immigrants and understand the issues and can empathize. - - Donna Poisl

By Erik Potter, Enterprise Staff Writer

BROCKTON — Brockton’s new police chief came to the United States from Portugal as a child. He knows the challenges faced by immigrants.

So it wasn’t a surprise that after being sworn in as interim police chief Friday, Emanuel Gomes said he wants to focus on reaching out to Brockton’s immigrant communities and diversifying the police force with bilingual officers.

“Whenever you’ve lived through (the immigrant experience) ... you’re very compassionate about that,” he said.
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