Many of us thought, or at least were hoping, that the main function of law enforcement was to enforce our laws. Apparently we are wrong.
Perspectives of Washington County Communities of Color
Rubenstein was hired in 1980 as a bilingual (Spanish) and bi-cultural police officer by the city of Hillsboro. The relationship between law enforcement and the Hispanic community was not well-developed at that time.
Officer Hugs-a-lot is there to make people feel better. I'm not positive but I'm guessing that the relationship between law enforcement and the Drug Using community is not well-developed either.
El Centro Cultural is used, at international, national, state and local levels, as a tool for outreach to the community where members can be heard without fear of retribution, regardless of their immigration status.
Rubenstein stated his belief that the Washington County community, especially in Hillsboro and Cornelius, truly knows that the police follow Oregon state law regarding immigration status. This is a key issue in law enforcement agencies’ ability to provide basic police services to their communities.
My definition of "basic police services" is: arrest criminals.
Officer Hugs-a-lot's definition of "basic police services" is: listen to the concerns of criminals.