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when the mogadishu market to the women in brightly colored veils means second largest city shows the signs of a growing some molly american community in an overwhelmingly white state and in a country rife with racial tensions between cops and communities the lewiston police you describe population as an opportunity to bridge that gap and to fill its ranks , british scott malone is in lewiston lewiston police department has recently begun recruiting campaign among the somali community aimed at adding some somalis to the %HESITATION cities roughly eighty members strong police force listens police chief says they have a pressing need for new officers we're in a transition right now where a full twenty to twenty five percent of our , can retire in the next two to four years , we have to think about who's living here now who's going to live here ten years , and we needed apartment that's reflective of the %HESITATION demographics of the of the community it serves when we do that i think we can continue to build trust armed with the citizens that we serve many in the community service surprised she's welcome news people are thinking police is you have to be born in the u. s. , you have to do this this and that to be a police officer you have to be white so when the police came and stayed , anybody can be a police officer , asking the community to have a meeting with the police , that was really a big plus others expressed concern that this assimilation will inevitably come with growing pains and that it'll take awhile for the police in the refugee community to build trust police and members of the somali community also said that the out which should help to improve ties between the two are even for people who are maybe interested in going into police work having some time speaking with officers learning a little bit about the process i can just help with the help the two sides to understand one another and to work together when crimes to occur in the community