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Phoenix PD to work with Mexico to improve Hispanic relations

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia (left) and Mexican Counsel General Roberto Hernandez are shown while announcing a partnership between Phoenix police and the Mexican consulate on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 in Phoenix. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police will soon work with Mexican leaders to try to improve police relations with the Hispanic community.

The Mexican Consulate in Phoenix will host monthly forums in which Phoenix police will speak to Hispanics about how to report and prevent crime, protect their families and learn about police community activities.

Mexican Counsel General Roberto Hernandez said learning these things is important.

"They must be able to call the police in order to report different crimes," he said. "In that way, they are going to be protecting their families and the society in which they are living."

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said that Arizona's immigration Law, SB 1070, makes many Hispanics afraid to call the police. He said that has to change.

"We cannot stay stuck on SB 1070. The fact is we have police for everybody, and we have to police various areas of the city."

The police department will also use the meetings to talk about domestic violence, child abuse and the consequences of driving under the influence.

The consulate did not say when the forums will begin.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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