Listen: Ethnic outreach
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A new Minneapolis police department unit that aims to educate ethnic communities about terrorism is a potential victim of city budget cuts. The new Community Engagement Team is two months old. Its officers say they've begun working in several communities. But in his proposed budget for next year, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak has recommended using the Community Engagement team members to replace patrol officers who are retiring and are not being replaced. The Engagement Unit's officer for the Hmong community, Kou Vang, says he can't build trust with people unless his job is long-term.

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