Pro­gram ex­poses cadets to com­mu­ni­ties they’ll serve

Im­mer­sion gives fu­ture po­lice of­fi­cers face time with di­verse cul­tures.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Mark Wil­son md­wil­son@states­man.com Cadets

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

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