The Denison Police Department will host a free informational class Friday night as part of the Unidos Hispanic-community outreach program.


The class will be presented in Spanish and held at 7 p.m. in the Nuevo Creacion Church, which is located at 3400 South Eisenhower Parkway. Lt. Mike Eppler said the goal of the class, which has been used among law enforcement agencies both locally and nationally, is to foster a stronger connection with the Hispanic, Latino and Spanish-speaking residents in Denison.


“We want to reach out to all in our community and we want them to feel comfortable talking with our officers, no matter what kind of problem they have,” Eppler said. “If there’s a language barrier there and our people just can’t understand each other, it does create some friction and fear. We’re hoping to alleviate a lot of that, simply by using this program to communicate with folks and letting them know what they can expect in a traffic stop for instance and what we expect for people to do.”


Eppler said additional classes may be scheduled depending on turnout to offer more participants the chance to ask department officials about their operations.


For additional information about the Unidos program, call the Denison Police Department at 903-465-2422.