VIDEO: Two Latino officers look to make inroads in Burien


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Courtesy Q13 comes this great video profile of two Latino Burien Police/King County Sheriff’s Officers, who are working to prevent gangs by reaching out to the city’s ~25 percent hispanic community.

“King County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Marquez and Burien Police Officer Detective Ricardo Cueva are the definition of community policing,” Q13 said.

Q13 adds:

Out of the 43 officers in Burien, only two of them – less than five percent – are Latino and Spanish-speaking. That means the department doesn’t match the city’s growing population of being about 25% Latino.

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Marquez and Burien Police Officer Detective Ricardo Cueva are the definition of community policing. But in Burien, Cueva and Marquez reach out to residents in the Spanish language spoken in many stores and homes, especially off Ambaum Boulevard.

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