Police Host Event for Youth and New Americans in Manchester

Nov 16, 2018

Four N.H. police departments are organizing an event targeted to young immigrants and refugees.

Police in Manchester, Pelham, Nashua, and Concord are joining forces on Saturday to host a "Youth Forum for New Americans."

The event is the first time the police have organized this kind of event for young people, specifically targetting immigrants and refugees.

John Marasco is an Administrative Major with the New Hampshire State Police. He says the afternoon is meant to build relationships between the police and new Americans, particularly those who have had bad experiences with law enforcement in the past.

"They want to do everything right," he said. "And they want to avoid making mistakes in the first place, but they never really had the access to law enforcement here to learn about the laws and how to interact with the police."

The event will have presentations on what to expect when interacting with police officers. It will also feature food, music and personal stories from three police officers, including one who grew up in Uganda.