Program exposes cadets to communities they’ll serve
Immersion gives future police officers face time with diverse cultures.
The small cubbyholes on the porch of the Nueces Street Mosque were jam-packed with tactical footwear Friday as more than 30 Austin police cadets piled into
building. The stop was one of many for the department’s newest class of cadets during their Community Immersion Program, designed to expose incoming officers to the varied communities and cultures they will encounter after they get their badges.
The mosque, tucked away on Nueces just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is a place some Austin police officers have become intimately familiar with in the past few months.
Amir Abdul-Khaliq, a motorcycle officer who died after his bike was hit during a funeral procession in early September, attended the mosque for years. His death rattled both the Police Department and the religious community to which he belonged.
On Friday, the cadets sat in the same room where Abdul-Khaliq used to pray and listened to other Muslims talk about their heritage.
CadetRoss Adeli, whose father is Iranian, said he was already