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Rochester Police Department Launches New Americans Academy

Post Date:09/10/2019 9:14 AM

The Rochester Police Department (RPD), in partnership with Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Rochester Fire Department, Victim’s Services, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, Hawthorne Education Center and others will be offering four workshops as a part of the New Americans Academy.  The New Americans Academy is made of four workshops designed to give residents not born in the United States of America an opportunity to learn about local law enforcement and the criminal justice system.  The hope of the program is to enhance communication, understanding, and trust between law enforcement officers and Rochester’s immigrant community.

The sessions will take place October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center (101 4th Street SE). 

Police Chief Jim Franklin shares, “It is very important that everyone in our community feels safe and aware of the numerous resources and services available to them.  Through our partnership with many great entities and organizations, we are pleased to offer these workshops.”



October 1, 2019

Introduction, Policing and 911 Calls

October 8, 2019

Safe Police Interactions, Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, and Civil Service, Identify Theft/Common Scams

October 15, 2019

The Public Defender’s Office, Victim’s Services, Olmsted County Attorney’s Office

October 22, 2019

Fire Safety and Crime Prevention


“We’re pleased to be partnering with the RPD on New Americans Academy,” said Nadine Holthaus, Program Manager at Hawthorne Education Center. “Hawthorne learners and other members of our community will benefit from a chance to engage in these important concepts in a friendly and welcoming environment.”

Those interested in learning more or to get registered, contact Sergeant John Mitchell at 507-328-6901 or e-mail

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