No doubt, the Pasco Police Department has a lot of work to do. One of the first steps is to resolve the language barrier with the Spanish-speaking community.
I have to question the leadership of “the statewide” Latino Civic Alliance when they choose to not dialogue with and (instead) misinterpret and accuse the chief of police of having intentions to frighten the Latino community in Pasco and the Tri-Cities. It is a common practice within law enforcement agencies to network and share training resources.
The Pasco Police department is fully occupied in their mission to serve and protect the Pasco community. They are not looking to take over ICE’s duties. And in case there is any confusion, the legally residing Latino residents have nothing to fear from ICE. Law-abiding citizens (regardless of race or color) have nothing to fear from the local police.
Chief Metzger is doing his part by helping build bridges within his community, starting with communication.
Laura Hanses, Pasco