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Seminar planned Wednesday in Willmar on policing in diverse communities

WILLMAR -- Police in Willmar will host Somali-American police officers from Columbia Heights and St. Paul for a short public seminar Wednesday on policing in diverse communities. Mohammed Farah, officer with the Columbia Heights Police Department...

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WILLMAR - Police in Willmar will host Somali-American police officers from Columbia Heights and St. Paul for a short public seminar Wednesday on policing in diverse communities.

Mohammed Farah, officer with the Columbia Heights Police Department and president of the Somali-American Police Association, and Garaad Sahal, an officer with the St. Paul Police Department, will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Willmar Public Library Community Meeting Room.

Both officers will speak about public safety as it relates to understanding differences and finding common ground, according to Willmar Police Capt. Michael Anderson.

They will also take questions and comments from the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

"This will be a unique experience to have a one-on-one conversation with Somali-American police officers," Anderson wrote in a news release.

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Anderson said the two officers will also meet privately with the Willmar Police Department for a training session.

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