WARNER ROBINS — Warner Robins police are reaching out to the Hispanic community in an effort to build a foundation of trust while providing educational materials in Spanish about driving and child-safety seat laws.
“We’ve found that the Hispanic community in Warner Robins is underserved largely because of language barriers or cultural perceptions,” said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.
Starting this weekend, the police department will park its mobile command in neighborhoods where there is a high concentration of Hispanics. Spanish-speaking officers and volunteer interpreters will be on hand to talk with community members, Pugh said.
The police department has two Spanish speaking officers. Houston County sheriff’s deputies who speak Spanish also will be participating in the community outreach, Pugh said.
Also, pamphlets printed in Spanish and English with information about driving laws and child-safety seats will be handed out. Children will have the opportunity to tour the mobile command center, Pugh said.
The first outreach event is scheduled for Saturday in the Ignico Drive area at 2 p.m. and in the Red Fox Run area at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the outreach event is noon at the Remanzo de Paz Church on Elberta Road and 2 p.m. in the Wall Street area.
The event also will be held May 22 in the Wilshire Estates area at 2 p.m. and in the Shannon Ridge Drive area at 4 p.m., and 3 p.m. June 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
For more information, call Pugh at 929-1169.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.